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Other Activities in 1980–81

The Public Policy Committee prepared an exploratory survey concerning the Family Protection Act, for inclusion into the conference materials. The NCFR Board sent a letter to Congress applauding the attention being given to the marriage penalty tax. A second letter supported the reauthorization and adequate funding of Title X of the Public Health Services Act of 1970. Read the 1981 NCFR member survey on the Family Protection Act.

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Other Activities in 1979–80

The White House Conference on Families was held in three regions of the country in the summer of 1980: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. It became apparent that a wide portion of the country was divided between traditional cultural norms and progressive values. Sharon Alexander chaired the NCFR Public Policy Committee to serve in an advisory capacity to Steven Engleberg, NCFR’s D.C. legal counsel. Read Sharon’s November 1980 letter to the committee. The International Section co-sponsored an international seminar in Uppsala, Sweden on “Family & Disaster.” Robert Coombs was appointed chair of the Committee on Position Papers. Kenneth Davidson became […]

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Affiliates and Other Activities in 1978–79

By the end of the 1970s, there were 40 state, two provincial, three regional, two local, and two student Affiliated Councils of NCFR. An international seminar on “The Child and the Family” was sponsored at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, by the International Section and the Committee on Family Research of the International Sociological Association. The NCFR Resource and Referral Center, under the direction of Margaret Bodley, began functioning at headquarters, funded by a grant from the Stewart Mott Foundation. The Center—far ahead of its time as a database—was established to accomplish the following tasks: (1) collect, index, and store and retrieve family-related information for […]

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Affiliates and Other Activities in 1977–78

Vi Rexford chaired the Affiliated Councils in 1978. A District of Columbia Council was established that also included Maryland and Virginia members, which were in close proximity to DC. Marie Peters and David A. Baptiste wrote a paper on the current and future roles of racial/ethnic minority members in NCFR.  A position statement on “Concerns of NCFR’s Black Members” was accepted. Robert Staples, Marie F. Peters, and David Baptiste organized a minority caucus that became the Ethnic Minorities Section of NCFR. Representatives of this section were placed on the NCFR Board of Directors and on all standing committees. A voluntary system of identifying […]

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Other Activities in 1976–77

During this year, the Coalition of Family Organizations (COFO) was formed, consisting of NCFR, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the Family Service Association of America, and the American Home Economics Association. This coalition began publishing the COFO Memo, a quarterly newsletter on the major developments in U.S. family policy. It also began serving as a vehicle for each of the four organizations to strengthen their Washington presence through such activities as joint congressional testimony, press conferences, and, eventually, advocacy efforts of major importance. Read the inaugural COFO Memo from Fall 1977 In that same year, NCFR fulfilled […]

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Leadership in 1976–77

William C. Nichols, a consulting psychologist and marriage and family therapist in Birmingham, MI, became NCFR’s 34th President. His comments as he took office are as follows: As the NCFR prepares to enter its “Jack Benny” 39th year in 1977, it is an appropriate time to do some stock-taking. That is precisely what the Executive Committee will be doing in Dallas, January 21–23, 1977. The usual meeting has been expanded into a Planning Retreat. Each participant has been asked to give attention to his/her special area of responsibility as well as to certain areas of general interest and to provide appropriate written […]

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Affiliates and Other Activities in 1975–76

The president of the Councils that year was E. M. Rallings. NCFR received a citation from the National Council on Aging for its participation in a symposium on The Caretaker Role of the Family. As one of its policy issues, NCFR urged Congress to pass the Family Income Maintenance Bill to improve the quality of family life in the United States. Read the 1976 NCFR statement on family income maintenance bill. Carlfred Broderick represented NCFR in Australia as guest of the family life education movement of Australia. He presented a plaque from NCFR commemorating the family life education movement’s 50 years of service […]

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Other Activities in 1974–75

Sen. Walter Mondale invited NCFR to submit a statement on the Child and Family Service Bill to be printed in the hearing record. The statement was prepared by Richard Kerckhoff and Florence Kerckhoff, and members were urged to support the bill. NCFR, the American Home Economics Association and the National Council on Aging sponsored a one-day symposium in Washington, DC, on family decision making. A position paper on the Equal Rights Amendment was accepted by the NCFR Board.

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Other Activities in 1973–74

Leland Axelson, Ruth Jewson, and Richard Kerckhoff met with Sen. Walter Mondale (D-MN) and Sidney Johnson to explore ways NCFR could be helpful in relation to the hearings on “American Families: Trends and Pressures.” The Board sent a letter to Mondale expressing support for the Child and Family Services Act. Nadina R. Kavinoky, NCFR’s 8th President, died in November 1973. Her daughters characterized their mother as an enlightened woman decades before the phenomenon of women’s liberation. Her son considered her adventurous, full of surprises, challenged by anything new.

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Other Activities in 1972–73

A Student Award Committee was activated to raise the necessary funds to continue the Student Award. In addition, the award became partially supported from the sale of the Graduate Program in the Family: Student Perspectives and, later, by a rebate of a portion of the student registration fees from the Annual Conference. The Executive Committee sent a telegram to Sen. Walter Mondale (D-MN) applauding his concern for the impact of government policies on families.

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