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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 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 Video Contest

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

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

Board and Governance

The NCFR Board of Directors acts on behalf of membership as it makes decisions pertaining to the organization.


  • NCFR Board Policy Governance Handbook
  • NCFR Bylaws
  • NCFR Definition of Diversity Statement
  • NCFR Ethical Guidelines
  • Member Communications with Board of Directors

Board Committees

  • Audit Committee
  • Elections Council
  • Fellows Committee
  • Inclusion & Diversity Committee
  • Journal Board Committee

NCFR Past Presidents

Find the names of all past NCFR presidents, going back to the organization's founding in 1938.

NCFR Board Policy Governance Handbook

The Policy Governance Model has as its starting point the principle that a governing Board exists on behalf of the larger group — NCFR Members — who legally own the organization. The governing Board is accountable for the organization it governs.

Officer Job Descriptions

Officers and committees are very instrumental in the operations of the NCFR. They take responsibility for maintaining contact with the membership and for reflecting the needs of all NCFR members.

Affiliate Councils President-Elect

The Affiliate Councils President-Elect shall serve on the National Council on Family Relations Board of Directors for a two-year term, and shall represent concerns of the members of the Affiliate Councils. This position shall assume the presidency of the Affiliate Councils for a two-year term following his or her term as President-Elect.

Board of Directors

The dues-paying Members of NCFR are the moral and legal owners of NCFR in whose interests the Board of Directors acts. The purpose of the Board, on behalf of the members of NCFR, is to see to it that NCFR (a) achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost, and (b) avoids unacceptable actions and situations.

Elections Council

The Elections Council gathers nominations for the offices of the NCFR Board and other offices of NCFR. The members of the Elections Council shall be elected by the full membership of NCFR and serve a three-year term.

Fellows Committee

The Fellows Committee is elected by the full NCFR membership to recommend the honorary title of "NCFR Fellow" to the Board, which bestows the title on NCFR members distinguished by their record of service and scholarship in the family field. The members of the Fellows Committee serve a three-year term.