Family Policy Section Update

Morgan Cooley, Ph.D., LCSW, Anthony Ferraro, Ph.D., CFLE, Jordan Arellanes, Ph.D., Susan Meyerle, Ph.D., section officers
/ Fall 2020 NCFR Report

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Hello, section members and colleagues! We hope that you are staying healthy and well during these uncertain times. We wanted to highlight a few of the virtual conference offerings hosted by the Family Policy Section in November and encourage you to register.


NCFR Annual Conference Invited Workshop

We are excited to announce that we are hosting an invited presenter workshop at the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference titled Translating Your Work to a Broader Audience: A Workshop for Researchers Whose Work is of Practical and Policy Significance (Session #200, Thursday, Nov. 12, 10–11:15 a.m. CT). This workshop is organized by the Family Policy Section and will be hosted by current and former editors of the Journal of Child & Family Studies and Family Relations. This session is intended to help participants conceptualize and plan how to elicit the translational (policy and practice) significance of their work and develop a plan for disseminating their work to a larger audience. We will share further details in the coming months for those who plan to attend and provide some parameters for what to prepare before the workshop.

Interactive Paper Session (Session #216, Thursday, Nov. 12, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. CT):

Community and Place as Context, featuring the following papers:

  • Dads Uplifting Dads: A Community-Based Initiative to Support Father Involvement
  • Family Child Care Providers in Low-Income Areas: A Qualitative Study With Policy Implications
  • Minority Capacity in Rural Communities: Stakeholder Perceptions of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Individuals and Families and Housing Instability
  • The Effect of CRE on Fathers’ Parenting and Children’s Socio-Emotional Skills: The Role of Neighborhood Disadvantage
  • Perceptions of Neighborhood Safety and Social Status as Predictors of Early Head Start Families Parenting Stress


  • Contouring Negative Spaces: Attending to Underrepresented Topics in Research on Foster and Adoptive Families (Session #106, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10–11:15 a.m. CT)
  • The Fight at Home: Understanding the Contexts of Stressful Experiences for Military Families (Session #308, Friday, Nov. 13, 10–11:15 a.m. CT)
  • Linking Healthy Relationships Research and Practice—Findings From the Marriage Strengthening Research and Dissemination Center (Session #327, Friday, Nov. 13, 2:30–3:45 p.m. CT)


Families Policy Section Meeting (Session #243, Thursday, Nov. 12, 5:15–6:15 p.m. CT).

In addition to these sessions, we have a wonderful selection of posters. We are excited about the program and hope you will consider attending!