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About Us

The National Council on Family Relations, founded in 1938, is the oldest nonprofit, nonpartisan, multidisciplinary professional association focused solely on family research, practice and education.

Affiliate Councils Awards

Members of NCFR's state, regional, and student affiliates — as well as entire affiliate groups — have the opportunity to apply for several awards through NCFR that are specifically for affiliates.

Affiliate Councils Award for Meritorious Service

This award recognizes the outstanding service of affiliate members within their local state and regional councils. Up to five Meritorious Service Awards are given each year to deserving nominees who meet the criteria.

Affiliate Councils Outstanding Student Research Papers (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Prior to 2016, NCFR's Affiliate Councils Board offered these awards for best student papers. As of 2016, these awards are no longer offered.

2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper
James Kale Monk
, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Veteran Couples Retreats: Interventions for Military Veterans and Their Relational Partners" (co-authors Brian Ogolsky and Victoria Bruner)

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Paper
Hannah Newman,
Samford University
"The Relationship Between Parental Conflcit Tactics and Sibling Conflict Tactics

Affiliate Grant

Student and state/regional affiliates are invited to apply for a grant of up to $300 to support an activity or project in their community or region.

Affiliate Video Contest

Affiliates: Grab your smartphone, tablet, or video camera and record footage that highlights your affiliate!

Awards and Recognition

NCFR's awards recognize individuals and groups who further the interests of the organization and exemplify the standards to which members aspire. Award winners are distinguished colleagues who have dedicated themselves to working in the family field, and have given outstanding service.

Issues in Aging Focus Group Award

The Issues in Aging Focus Group Award recognizes and promotes exceptional scholarly work related to issues in aging among family scholars.

Men in Families Focus Group Awards

  • Best New Professional Research Article Award
  • Best Research Article Award
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Men in Families Research Article Award

Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research

The Qualitative Family Research Network (QFRN) Focus Group award recognizes significant work in the area of family theory, methods and research that comes from a qualitative tradition. The award is named for Anselm Strauss; his life's work was to develop and practice qualitative methodologies.