Sections in 1987–88

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Section dues were instituted for the first time at $5.00/Section for all members, except students, who paid $3.00/Section membership. The purpose was to enable the Sections to financially support their conference activities. Also, each Section was to appoint a Student Young Professional Representative to their Section officer roster. A survey of section members indicated strong affiliation in both scholarly research and practice.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The Public Policy Committee, chaired by Hal Wallach, requested that the Board supply a part-time paid staff member in Washington, DC, to represent NCFR at the various meetings and coalitions to which NCFR belonged and in which it played a major role (i.e., the Coalition of Family Organizations [COFO], the Coalition of Social Science Associations [COSSA], Generations United). There were several issues for which collaboration by NCFR were important, for example, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s Mental Health Bill, supported by COFO, and long-term health care. That year NCFR as a COFO member cosponsored, with COSSA, a legislative breakfast on Child Care to which many congressional staffers attended. COFO also helped to support and craft the Family and Medical Leave Act, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Schroeder (D-CO), and the Young Americans Act of 1989, which led to the White House Conference on Young Americans. Its purpose was to establish within the Department of Health and Human Services an Administration on Children, Youth and Families. It was sponsored by Sens. Kennedy, Dodd, Inouye, and Simon. Another Senate bill to which COFO contributed would appropriate $2.5 Billion for the training of child care workers nationwide. The amount was cut considerably by the time it reached the floor.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In 1988, NCFR lost two of its long-term leaders and supporters: Harold Feldman died on May 11, 1988 after a massive stroke, and Virginia Satir, an esteemed author and researcher, died September 10, 1988.


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