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Online Resources in Family and Consumer Sciences:

Family & Children’s’ Advocacy & Public Policy

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences   T
he American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only national forum where K-12 teachers, university educators, and corporate executives collaborate to improve the quality of individual and family life. We are more than 6,000 professionals who educate and influence generations of American consumers in our classrooms, our companies, and our communities.

 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
"The Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs." The Web site includes statistical data about disadvantaged children and full-text AEC publications.

 

Center on Fathers, Families and Public Policy (CFFPP)
The Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy (CFFPP) is a nonprofit organization that provides publications, policy research, and public education about barriers that affect low-income fathers and their families.

 

Child Welfare.com
Sponsored by the Child Welfare Research Institute (Los Angeles, CA), this page supplies full-text articles from their electronic journal Child Welfare Review and a library of Internet resources, journal links, newspapers, think tanks and research organizations concerned about the welfare of children.

 Families and Work Institute
"Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center dedicated to providing research for living in today’s changing workplace, changing family and changing community. Since the institute was founded in 1989, [They]....work has tackled issues in four major areas: the workforce and workplace; education, care and community; parenting; and youth development."

 

Preventing Violence in Our Schools
Find resources on violence prevention for parents, teachers, and educators. Discover information on the topics of bullying, violence, grief, stress, warning signs of violence, terrorism, violence prevention, and safety.

 

Research Forum on Children, Families and the New Federalism
"The Research Forum has encouraged collaborative research and informed policy on welfare reform, child and family well-being, and community/neighborhood issues. This web site features a searchable database of summaries of large- and small-scale research projects, key topics pages, resources pages, and lists of publications related to these issues"

Adult Learning

 

Association for Continuing Higher Education
This institution-based organization of colleges, universities, and individuals promotes lifelong learning and excellence in continuing higher education. The Web site features the Association's publications and selected higher education links.

 

General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service
In addition to GED publications, sample test questions, and test schedules, this site includes a listing of GED Testing Service Contacts throughout North America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

 

LIFT: Missouri's Literary Resource Center
The not-for-profit LIFT corporation develops and promotes literacy resources, including curricula for teachers of adults, literacy statistics, and listservs.

Basic Information

 

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
The homepage of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) provides information about association services, fellowships and grants, meetings, news, products, professional development, and publications.

 

American Council on Consumer Interests
"ACCI is the leading consumer policy research and education organization consisting of a world wide community of researchers, educators and related professionals dedicated to enhancing consumer well-being. The mission of ACCI is to enhance consumer and family economic well-being by promoting excellence in research and educational programs. "

 

American Dietetic Association
"The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy."

 

American Society for Nutritional Sciences
"The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals."

 

American Society of Interior Designers
"The American Society of Interior Designing is the leading organization for interior design professionals." 

 

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
"AFCPE is a professional organization focused on supporting, promoting and advancing the field of financial counseling and planning education. [Their].... membership consists of university and Cooperative Extension educators, military financial counselors, private practitioners, and interest organization and government officials." "In addition, AFCPE membership provides a strong network of colleagues in research, education, and practice."

 

Gerontological Society of America
"The Gerontological Society of America is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages." This web site provides online journals, press rooms and special units for the visitors.

 

National Association for Family & Community Education
National association for family & community education strengthen "individuals, families and communities through continuing education, developing leadership and community action. " This web site provides information about the projects, partners, programs and recognition and also provide forms on different projects.

 

Textile Society of America
"The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives."

 

Additional professional organization sites:

 

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
American Council on Consumer Interests
American Dietetic Association
American Society for Nutritional Sciences
American Society of Interior Designers
Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education
Gerontological Society of America
International Textile and Apparel Association
National Association for Family & Community Education
National Restaurant Association
Textile Society of America

 

Child & Family Studies

 

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
"The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs which promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities." (Quote taken from Overview of ACF page.) The site supplies news and information pages about its programs.

 

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
"The AAMFT provides individuals with the tools and resources they need to succeed as marriage and family therapists. Our association facilitates research, theory development and education. We develop standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy."

 

ChildStats.gov
"This website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health."

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway
"Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information."

 

CYFERNet
"CYFERnet is a national network of Land Grant university faculty and county Extension educators working to support community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents and families. Through CYFERnet, partnering institutions merge resources into a "national network of expertise" working collaboratively to assist communities. CYFERnet provides program, evaluation and technology assistance for children, youth and family community-based programs." Resource Areas on the CYFERNet page include: early childhood, school age, teens, community, and parent/family.

 

Families and Work Institute
Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit center for research that provides data on the changing workforce, changing family and changing community. The site includes publications, books, presentations, press releases, and FAQ's regarding work and family life.

 

National Child Care Information Center
"The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC), a service of the Child Care Bureau, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders." The site "answers your questions about child care and links you to thousands of organizations and resources. "

 

National Council on Family Relations
The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides a "forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establishes professional standards, and works to promote family well-being." The site guides the visitors with news and events, articles and journals.

 

National Parent Information Network
An ERIC-sponsored NPIN project offers learning disabilities software, tutoring services, home school, tutoring and homework help for parents and organizations which work with parents. The site's search engine locate NPIN online resources.

 

Practical Parenting Partnerships
Find links to workshops, resources, grants, training, and certification for helping "children become responsible and confident individuals who can function to the best of their abilities in their personal lives, in their educational experiences, and within a complex society."

 

National Stepfamily Resource Center
Search or browse this site for educational information and resources on stepfamily issues; including advocacy, education, education, guidance, and support for children and adult members of stepfamilies.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education  

 

Families USA
Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working toward excellent, affordable health and long-term care for US citizens.

 

Parents As Teachers
"Parents as Teachers (PAT) is the overarching program philosophy of providing parents with child development knowledge and parenting support. The organizational vehicle for delivering that knowledge and support is Parents as Teachers National Center." The web site contains suggested reading and educational programs for parents.

 

Society for Research in Child Development
This society serves to coordinate and integrate research in human development by interaction and communication between members of the society. The Society for Research in Child Development works with and for "the establishment and maintenance of ethical standards for research with children," "research and training in diversity," and "the effective use of scientific knowledge, to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy, and to establish a more effective liaison between scientists and federal offices."

 

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