NCFR Report, NCFR's quarterly member magazine, is filled with research-based information about key family topics.

Report is also an opportunity for submission of articles — research- or practice-based — to the Family Focus section, and can be a useful resource for faculty and family educators.

Editor: Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE

The views expressed in NCFR Report may not represent the views of the entire NCFR organization.

Call for Authors

Fall 2022 Issue: Families in the Shadows

Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2022

As Family Scientists we promote the well-being and resiliency of diverse families. Through research, practice, policy, and teaching we strive to shine light on the “unseen” – families that are often unrecognized, less studied, underserved, marginalized, and/or not valued.

The fall 2022 edition of Family Focus builds on the 2022 NCFR Annual Conference theme, “Light and Shadow: Shifting Perspectives and Families.” Conference Program Chair, Debra L. Berke, applies principles from art to invite Family Scientists to reflect on various questions, such as:

  • “What does it mean for individuals and families to be in shadow or in the light?”
  • “How do Family Scientists decide what to value?”
  • “What different ways could we study a phenomenon? Teach about families? Create or assess family policies?”

The fall 2022 issue of Family Focus intends to showcase a tapestry of scholarship that explore these questions, and more, to bring families out of the shadows and into the light. What families persist to reside within the shadows, and why? Whose voices are missing from family research, and what are their strengths? What have we learned from these families that can inform the future of research, practice, policy, and teaching? What innovations in theory, research, and best practices have advanced Family Science on the “unseen” families? What gaps exist and what challenges may arise in continuing this important work?

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online at by February 1, 2022. All authors will be notified by February 8, 2022, and articles are due April 15, 2022. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions.


Author Guidelines

Please review our revised Author Guidelines

Family Focus Author Guidelines (PDF)


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