NCFR Report, your quarterly member magazine, is a resource filled with 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.

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

Call for Report authors

Learn about contributing to the Family Focus section of NCFR Report, and email our Family Focus editor about writing on the following upcoming theme/s:

Spring 2019: Family Focus on Policies With Unintended Consequences

Be careful what you wish for… That is the theme of many classic tales and also could be applied to some family-related policies. The intent of a policy may be to support single parents, but the outcome may be to discourage marriage. A policy could be designed to increase quality of child care by boosting worker wages but could put costs out of reach for many families. Other policies may be designed to accomplish something else in society, but might hurt families in the end. What policies has research shown to have unintended consequences for families? How was the unintended outcome recognized, and what were the contextual factors? What does the literature say was, could have been, or should be done to remedy the situation? These issues will be addressed in the spring 2019 edition of Family Focus. We would like to include empirically based articles addressing policies like the separation of migrating families at the border, poverty policies, mandatory drug sentences, healthcare policies, and the struggle with the religious freedom.

Prospective authors should indicate intent to submit by Nov. 1, 2018. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions or about your interest in submitting, and include one to two sentences summarizing what you wish to cover. Articles will be due Nov. 15, 2018. Please review the complete author guidelines below.

 

Summer 2019: Families Living Outside Society’s Systems

Society has many systems: health systems, school systems, immigration systems, legal systems, religious systems, and so on. Some families live outside of those systems either by choice or by necessity. Living outside of one system might make them ineligible for or out of alignment with additional systems. What are the implications for families living outside of systems, whether they are cohabiting, homeless, undocumented, homeschooling, having a home birth, practicing a trade without a license, or otherwise living out of sync with the status quo? What does the research say about these families and what is the role for family professionals working with these families? This is the topic of the summer issue of Family Focus, and these are just a few of the many possible topics. We are soliciting empirically-based articles that explore families in these disenfranchised settings, what they lose, what they gain, and how they can be assisted in coping with their marginalized status.

Prospective authors should indicate intent to submit by Feb. 1, 2019. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions or about your interest in submitting, and include one to two sentences summarizing what you wish to cover. Articles will be due Feb. 15, 2019. Please review the complete author guidelines below.

 

Family Focus Author Guidelines