2007 Policy #06 Family Top Centers

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Board on Youth, Children and Familiesexternal link
The Board operates under the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies. Through studies, reports, workshops, websites, and other activities, the Board informs public and private deliberations about the most critical issues facing communities, states, and our Nation: child health and health care services, family support, child care, and early child development; biological and behavioral changes among children and youth; preschool education, school engagement, and youth development; child abuse, family violence, and child welfare; and the prevention of underage drinking and other risky and dangerous behaviors. 1

Family Research Councilexternal link
FRC champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society. 2

The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth, and Family Policiesexternal link
Columbia University – The Clearinghouse provides cross-national, comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits and services available in the advanced industrialized countries to address child, youth, and family needs. Coverage focuses on 23 advanced industrialized countries. Expansion to other countries and other parts of the world is under way. 3

The National Marriage Projectexternal link
At Rutgers University – The mission of the National Marriage Project is to provide research and analysis on the state of marriage in America and to educate the public on the social, economic and cultural conditions affecting marital success and child well-being. The Project has identified five immediate goals: filling the knowledge gap; focusing on youth; addressing the public; informing the media; and convening the experts. 4

Survive Divorceexternal link
The goal of the website is to help save marriages and if that is not possible, to help people survive divorce. Includes advice for men, advice for women, protecting the children, and important resources. 5

The Step Family Lifeexternal link
Articles on a variety of topics related to blended families. 6

The Urban Instituteexternal link
Family & Parents Portal – Current publications and projects from the Urban Institute on policy issues affecting American families/parents. 7

Family Violence Prevention Fundexternal link
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence. Programs address children, teens, immigrant women, public policy and international issues. 8

The Family Villageexternal link
A global community of disability-related resources. Site features information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support. 9

National Partnership for Women and Familiesexternal link
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. 10

Fathers.comexternal link
The mission of the National Center for Fathering is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping men to be more effectively involved in the lives of children. In response to a dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, the Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield to conduct research on fathers and fathering, and to develop practical resources to prepare dads for nearly every fathering situation. Website features tips for dads, programs, training and a press room. 11

Gay-Civil-Unions
Supporting the legal and social sanction of lesbian and gay relationships and families. Site addresses same-sex marriage, adoption, and gay and lesbian issues in general. 12

Guttmacher Instituteexternal link
The Guttmacher Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. The Guttmacher Institute publishes Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, International Family Planning Perspectives, The Guttmacher Policy Review and special reports on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The Institute’s mission is to protect the reproductive choices of all women and men in the United States and throughout the world. It is to support their ability to obtain the information and services needed to achieve their full human rights, safeguard their health and exercise their individual responsibilities in regard to sexual behavior and relationships, reproduction and family formation. 13

Independent Adoption Centerexternal link
The IAC mission is to make open adoption a viable and accessible alternative to untimely pregnancy throughout the United States by providing professional, licensed, comprehensive educational and counseling-centered services to birthparents, adopting parents and adoptees nationwide. IAC is the largest and oldest U.S. adoption agency facilitating fully open adoptions. 14

NIH Stem Cell Informationexternal link
Site presents frequently asked questions, details of current research, research topics, federal policy and announcements. 15