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Top 5 Reasons to Make NCFR Your Professional Home

  1. Translational content exclusive to members. In each issue of NCFR's member magazine, find a collection of research-based articles on uniquely family topics. 
  2. Access to cutting-edge scholarly research through NCFR's three Family Science journals
  3. Member discounts on NCFR Annual Conference attendance
  4. Member discounts on professional-development webinars to improve or provide you with new Family Science skills. Plus, free access to all on-demand webinar recordings beginning a year after their live debut!
  5. Professional connections and community through topic-interest groups, your local NCFR chapter, the NCFR Mentoring Academy, and online discussions.

But don't just take our word for it. Here's what members say about NCFR:


Bahira Sherif Trask

“NCFR is the most welcoming organization that I’ve ever been a part of. NCFR truly listens to its members, and the connections I’ve made have been invaluable to my international work with families. Opportunities that have arisen through my affiliation with NCFR would not have happened otherwise, and they've been among the most important highlights of my professional career.” —Bahira Sherif Trask, Ph.D.


Gizem Erdem
Gizem Erdem

"I call NCFR my scholarly home where I have grown both professionally and personally through the years. Every annual conference is a reunion with friends and colleagues who have given their hearts, minds, and souls to the study of families." —Gizem Erdem, Ph.D., LMFT



Membership Levels & Rates

NCFR has membership levels that fit you. Find below:

  • professional membership levels with your choice of NCFR's scholarly journals
  • new-professional options for those who graduated within the last two years
  • special rates for students and emeritus members

[See how an NCFR membership saves you money!]

All members receive access to all the member benefits listed below, except you choose which journals you'll receive based on the membership level you select:  

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Membership Level

Journals You Receive

2024 Dues 


All 3 NCFR journals: Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), Family Relations (FR)and Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR)


Professional 2

All 3 journals


Professional 1

2 journals: Choice of JMF or FR, plus JFTR








New Professional 2

All 3 journals


New Professional 1

2 journals: Choice of JMF or FR, plus JFTR


Student 2§

All 3 journals


Student 1§

2 journals: Choice of JMF or FR, plus JFTR


*Benefactors contribute an additional tax-deductible donation of $50 that supports student membership — nurturing the next generation of family scholars and professionals.

To qualify for emeritus membership, you must be retired and have been an NCFR professional-level member for at least 10 years. You can change your membership status online when you renew.

New professional members have graduated from a degree program within the last 24 months; you may be asked to submit proof of graduation with date. New-professional membership status may be renewed once (two years total).

§Students may be asked to provide proof of academic enrollment. After three years, student memberships are automatically changed to new-professional membership. If you're still enrolled in a degree program at that time, please notify [email protected] and submit proof of enrollment.

Joining NCFR Sections

NCFR sections are member groups that connect members who have similar professional-topic interests. 

The fee to join a section is $11 per section for professional/emeritus members and $5 per section for students.

Library Systems and College/University Libraries

Libraries may purchase journal subscriptions and are not eligible for NCFR membership. Contact Wiley Publishing for customer service.

Benefits of Your NCFR Membership

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Discounts on Products & Programs

  • NCFR Annual Conference Registration: Hear about the latest cutting-edge family research and connect with colleagues at the annual conference.
  • Webinars: Enhance your skills and knowledge and grow professionally. Members get a special rate for new webinars, plus free access to all on-demand webinars one after their live debut.
  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Fees & Products: As a member, pay a reduced annual fee to maintain your credential, and also pay a reduced fee to apply to become a CFLE.
  • Bookstore Items: Several books on Family Science and Family Life Education are available at a member discount.
  • NCFR Journal Submission Fees: Save on your article submissions to NCFR's three peer-reviewed, scholarly journals.
  • Print Books From Wiley: Get a 25% discount on books you purchase from Wiley, the publisher of NCFR's journals.

Members-Only Content You Can Use

Connection With Colleagues

  • Sections: 10 member groups called sections bring together members with similar broad professional interests, such as "Advancing Family Science" or "Families and Health."
  • Focus Groups: More than two dozen focus groups help members connect around narrower topic interests.
  • Affiliates: State/regional affiliates and student affiliates — local chapters — connect you with local colleagues.
  • Online Discussion Groups: Ask questions and share resources within your member groups or with the greater NCFR membership.
  • Member Directory: Find and get in touch with your member colleagues directly (login required).
  • Members-Only Interactive Conversations: Theory Thursdays and Teaching Tuesdays events provide the opportunity for members to explore relevant, innovative theory and teaching topics with each other in real time, through interactive online discussions.

Opportunities for Professional Advancement & Recognition


Save on the Professional Resources You Need

An NCFR membership can save you money each year on the content and opportunities you need to advance professionally. See how:

NCFR Benefits

(based on Professional 2 level membership)

Savings/Value for Members

Journal of Marriage and Family, print & online (5 issues)


Family Relations, print & online (5 issues)


Journal of Family Theory and Review, print & online (4 issues)


Discounted registration for the NCFR Annual Conference


NCFR Report magazine (4 issues)


Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) discounted annual fee for NCFR members


Webinar discounts — savings of $40 each for members


NCFR product discounts — textbooks, books, posters, and more


25% discount on Wiley print books


Total Value


Price of Professional 2 Membership


Your Savings >>



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About Your Membership Period

Your NCFR membership starts on the first day of the month in which you join and continues for 12 months. But to ensure that you get at least a full year of member benefits, your benefits will continue for an additional 30 days. For example, if you joined on Oct. 15, 2018, your official membership period is Oct. 1, 2018, to Sept. 30, 2019, but your benefits will continue until Oct. 31, 2019.

Cancellations and Refunds

NCFR memberships are non-refundable. If you would still like to cancel your NCFR membership (though NCFR will not be able to provide a refund), please email NCFR membership staff or call NCFR at 763-781-9331.