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Other Activities in 2005–06

Because of fiscal concerns, the Annual Public Policy Conference was suspended for 2006. A Margaret Feldman Scholarship Award Committee was appointed, led by Debra Berke as chair. This was to honor Feldman‘s many years of service to NCFR. During the spring of 2006, the NCFR Washington, DC, office was closed, which entailed a long legal process. The closure was due to NCFR’s leaving the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center project administration. On June 13, 2006, Executive Director Emeritus Ruth Jewson passed away at age 92 after a lengthy illness. She was a loved and revered leader who led the initiation […]

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Sections in 2005–06

As a part of the program committee, Section chairs were as follows: EE, Lynette Olson; EM, Farrell Webb; FH, Barbara Mandleco; FP, Suzanne Smith; FS, Kevin Allemagne; FT, Volker Thomas; FF, Lee Ann De Reus; IN, Shulamit Ritblatt; RF, Angela Wiley; RT, Stephen Marks; Student/New Professional Program Representative, Elise Radina. NCFR began a series of new services for the Sections, including a welcome letter to all new Section members. Also, the listserv was updated monthly, and each Section was given its own website. Read the document produced by the Family Policy Section circa 2006—35 years of family policy

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2004–05: NCFR involvement in the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center

The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC), funded for 5 years by ACF through the Department of Health and Human Services, was initiated. It was a cooperative agreement between the U.S. government and NCFR, with the work carried out by NCFR and its six partners. The exclusive focus was on heterosexual marriages. Michael Benjamin was the designated principal investigator, with the following staff: Linda Malone-Colon, director, and Derek Gwinn, research associate. The HUB partners were as follows: Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Child Trends, Washington, DC Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY Texas Tech University, Lubbock University of Minnesota Bill Doherty was director. […]

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Other Activities in 2003–04

The Fifth Annual Policy Conference was jointly sponsored with AAFCS and NCFR in Washington, DC, on April 1 and 2, 2004. The theme was “Families at the Crossroads,” and it focused on the four issues of Medicare, education, health care, and the economy.  The recipient of the NCFR Special Services to Families Award was Rep. Dennis DeFazio (D-OR) for his work with military families. In the wake of Margaret Feldman’s retirement and move back to Ithaca, NY, NCFR opened a policy office in Washington, DC, at the Instate Natural Gas Association of America. An Emerging Leadership Training Institute was held on November […]

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Sections and Other Activities in 2002–03

Section chairs were as follows: EE, H. Wallace Goddard; EM, Wynona Bryant-Williams; FH, Teresa W. Julian; FP, Patricia Dyk; FS, Laura S. Smart; FT, Kathleen Briggs; FF, Anisa Zvonkovic; IN, Jacki Fitzpatrick; RF, Thomas W. Roberts; RT, Ann C. Crouter. A series of fact sheets and policy briefs were published and marketed with the grant money from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Fact sheets were “Assuring the Future: Family Life Education,” “Family Caregivers: Helping Families Meet the Needs of Older Adults,” “Health and Economic Well-Being of Rural Families,” and “Marriage Promotion in Low-Income Families.” The policy briefs included “Effective Mothering in […]

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Sections and Other Activities in 2001–02

Elected Section officers for 2002–2004 were as follows: EE, Lynnette Olson, chair-elect; EM, Farrell Webb, chair-elect; FH, Barbara Mandleco, chair-elect; FS, Laura Smart, chair; and FT, Volker Thomas, chair-elect. An Annie E. Casey Foundation Grant of $75,000 was given to NCFR for the purpose of developing teams of researchers and practitioners to provide a special issue of Family Relations and fact sheets on issues of families and children of concern. The Third Annual Public Policy Conference took place April 18–19, 2002, in Washington, DC. The theme was “Mid-Term Progress: Economic Stability for Families.” Over 76 attendees participated in dialogue regarding the Temporary […]

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Other Activities in 2000–01

The second annual Public Policy & Education Conference was held in Washington, DC, March 1–2, 2001, with 53 paid registrants attending. Committee chair was Tom Chibucos of Bowling Green State University. Attendees met with 33 congressional offices representing 23 states. Each office received a copy of the award-winning booklet “Public Policy through a Family Lens: Sustaining Families in the 21st Century.” Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-CT), received the NCFR Special Service to Families Award. Eleanor Clift, contributing editor to Newsweek, gave the keynote address. Lauren Fasig, SRCD Office of Policy and Communication, gave the Capitol Hill orientation; Theodora Ooms, Senior Policy Analyst at the […]

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Other Activities in 1999–2000

Under the leadership of Francisco Villarruel, the number of NCFR media entries increased to 97. NCFR increased its visibility nationally through press releases and contacts with reporters and was cited in  USA Today, the Associated Press, CBS Networks, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Also, several members appeared on TV, including William Doherty and Kay Hyatt. Outreach to Pacific Rim countries continued in efforts to establish Pacific Rim Family Life Education Certification. On March 23–24, Mary Jo Czaplewski, Executive Director emeritus, and Carol Matusicky, Director of the BC Council for Families, conducted successful seminars on family life education to over 800 teachers and […]

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Other Activities in 1997–98

Margaret Feldman continued to be the NCFR volunteer representative in Washington. NCFR membership in the Coalition of Social Science Associations (at $575/year) kept her busy monitoring federal grants legislation for social science research. During the year, she attended meetings of federal agency groups such as the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect and Advisory Board meetings of the National Institute of Child Health and Development and the Interagency Task Force on Family Statistics. Marilyn Bensman, NCFR Representative to the United Nations, attended the Department of Public Information briefings meetings of UN NGO Committees on The Family, Aging, Mental Health, and […]

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Sections and Other Activities in 1995–96

Sections were involved in streamlining paper proposals for the Annual Conferences and creating ideas for raising their own funds to support their various activities. Read the March 1996 Feminism and Family Studies Section newsletter, Carmen Knudson-Martin, Editor Marilyn Bensman and Margaret Feldman represented NCFR at the UN Conference, “Habitat II,” in Istanbul, Turkey, as official NGO observers. They led a workshop there on “Family Needs and the Use of Space.” They also ran an exhibit of NCFR publications that were popular. Feldman also attended the meetings of the “President’s Council on Women,” started by President Clinton as a follow-up to the Beijing World […]

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