The field of Family Studies is vibrant and boasts a host of national, regional, local and even UST-specific organizations in which you might want to get involved. Here are a few that faculty in Family Studies highly recommend and in which many of us are members, presenters and/or active participants:
The National Council on Family Relations, founded in 1938, is the oldest multidisciplinary, nonpartisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education http://www.ncfr.org
An affiliate of NCFR, the Minnesota Council on Family Relations has a mission of strengthening all families by educating and supporting family professionals and promoting connections among those involved in research, policy, and practice. http://www.mcfr.net.
The Council on Contemporary Families is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. Members include demographers, economists, family therapists, historians, political scientists, psychologists, social workers, sociologists, as well as other family social scientists and practitioners. http://www.contemporaryfamilies.org.
Founded in 1996 and based at the University of Miami, the Council's mission is to enhance the national understanding of how and why contemporary families are changing, what needs and challenges they face, and how these needs can best be met. To fulfill that mission, the Council holds annual conferences, open to the public, and issues periodic briefing papers and fact sheets, which journalists can sign up to receive by writing to Stephanie Coontz, Director of Research and Public Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CCF’s weekly news briefing is an outstanding resource for professionals in the family field and for students; non-professionals can also receive this, along with periodic news releases, by registering as Friends of CCF. CCF's College Internship Program accepts applications from undergraduate and graduate students who are invited to apply and supervised by current members of CCF's Board of Directors.