Family Studies Resources

And Professional Organizations

Department Contacts

  • American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

    AAFCS is the only national professional association dedicated to Family & Consumer Sciences professionals; striving to improve the quality and standards of individual and family life by providing educational programs, influencing public policy, and through communication. Members focus on an integrative approach to the reciprocal relationships among individuals, families and communities, as well as the environments in which they function.

  • Family Studies, California Community College- FCS

    Family Studies curriculum is designed to provide an occupational program of study for community college students planning their careers. Courses within the curriculum provide course work to work with individuals across the age span and provide part of the undergraduate requirements necessary for students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution.

    Family Studies Curriculum

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

    The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy. We represent the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

  • Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

    CWLA leads and engages its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and families.

    Our vision is that every child will grow up in a safe, loving, and stable family.

    Our focus is children and youth who may have experienced abuse, neglect, family disruption, or a range of other factors that jeopardize their safety, permanence, or well-being. CWLA also focuses on the families, caregivers, and the communities that care for and support these children.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers Association of California

    HETAC is the only state-level professional association for Home Economics Careers and Teachers that has as its mission the promotion of and support for secondary Home Economics Careers Technology Education. The organization is a strong advocate for Home Economics Careers and Technology with a variety of audiences – legislative, business and industry, and administrators.  Since its establishment in 1981, the association has worked with representatives of other related professional organizations, the California Department of Education and other key policy and decision makers.

  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

  • Generations United (GU)

    The mission of Generations United is to improve the lives of children youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit for all.

    Generations United is the catalyst that brings single-age focused groups together to build and support a common agenda while providing a unique voice in public debate. We honor, support, and engage all ages.

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for families

    Promoting Excellence in early childhood education.

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

    The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with nearly 143,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

  • National Association of State Administrators of FCS

    The National Association of  State Administrators for Family and Consumer Sciences Education (NASAFACS), an affiliate of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), first began development of national standards for family and consumer sciences in May 1995.  The project to develop national standards created an atmosphere that celebrated the variety that exists among state philosophies and blended multiple approaches to standards and educational delivery systems.

  • National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

    NCFR’s mission is to provide an educational forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establish professional standards, and work to promote family well-being.

  • National Family Caregiver Association (NFCA)

    Caregiver Action Network

    The Caregiver Action Network serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA)

    As a community of researchers, our goals are to advance understanding of adolescence and enhance the well being of youth in a globalized world. We promote high-quality research that considers the biological, psychological, and sociocultural aspects of development in context. We aim to lead and shape scientific and public discourse on youth and adolescence, and to guide parenting, schooling, programs, and policies. In order to achieve these goals we foster the professional development and growth of all members, and are relevant, visible, diverse, and global in perspective.

  • Society for Research on Adult Development (SRAD)

    The international membership of the Society for Research in Adult Development includes people from all disciplines who are interested in positive adult development. Positive adult development refers to development starting in late adolescence and continuing through life. The focus is on expanded capabilities and changes that improve the quality of life.

  • Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)

    The Society is a multidisciplinary, not-for-profit, professional association with a membership of approximately 5,500 researchers, practitioners, and human development professionals from over 50 countries. The purposes of the Society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings. Our goals are pursued through a variety of programs with the cooperation and service of our governing council, standing committees, and members.