¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In 1953, Robert Foster became NCFR’s 10th president. From 1932 to 1947, he was the head of the Family Life Department and Director of Marriage and Parental Counseling Services at the Merrill–Palmer Institute. He then was a professor of family relations and sociology at the University of Kansas. In 1950, he was named Director of the Marriage Counseling Service and Training Program at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, KS, and in 1959 he joined the staff of the Tulsa, OK, Psychiatric Foundation. As NCFR President, he appointed several committees, including one to study and clarify the relationship of the sections in the overarching organizational framework.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The family life movement in this country had its real impetus of development in the [1920s] and for many years was the primary concern of educators, or those closely associated with social welfare. At the present time every discipline and profession has a stake in the American family, and the major professional groups are competing vigorously with each other to see who shall have control . . . to solve the problems of American young people, of marriage, divorce and the family. . . There is no easy road to a better life; we know that all must learn to understand each other and be able to communicate with each other these understandings.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The general membership adopted President Robert Foster‘s report at the 1953 annual business meeting. Included was the recommendation to discontinue the International Liaison section and transfer these responsibilities to the Executive Secretary, who would act as a representative or appoint members to serve as NCFR representatives in her place. All other sections were to elect their own officers and provide for the exchange of information through discussion during section meetings at the Annual Conference. Any section could function throughout the year with clearance from headquarters. Section officers were to be members of the Annual Conference program committee.