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Igniting a movement to elevate family well-being

At the Institute for Family, we believe family is the foundation for healthy children and strong communities. So, when families are at their strongest, everyone benefits. Therefore, we are part of a growing movement to promote family well-being, ensuring all families have the opportunities they need to thrive. Our approach →

Join us in our mission as we listen to families, hear their authentic stories, and learn from their expertise. Help us create a future that strengthens and celebrates family.

Real People. Real Stories.

The Time to Step Up

The Time to Step Up

A young, single father opens his home to a cousin in-need and builds a unique family. Sometimes in life you are confronted with the challenge of deciding how you will stand for your family. Trestan was only 24 years old when he found out his 11-year-old cousin Tyreal...

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With Love and Strength

With Love and Strength

A mother draws on her children as her source of strength to keep her family together. Strength can be defined as “the capacity to withstand great force or pressure,” a concept with which Shaunta is more than familiar. As a single mother to an 18-year-old daughter and...

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The Unlearning of Child Welfare

A National Conversation to Advance Child and Family Well-being

3-Part Webinar Series

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Co-Host, Episode 1-3
Institute for Famil




Co-Host, Episode 1-2
Annie E Casey Foundation



Co-Host, Episode 3
American Academy of Pediatrics

Join us for a conversation on why we need to transform our child welfare system, what a new system could look like, and how foster care can be more equitable for children and families.

November 18, 2020, 3:00 p.m. EST | December 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m. EST | December 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m. EST

December 10 Guests
Shrounda Selivanoff | Jerry Milner | Jessica Crisp

December 3 Guests
Bobbi Taylor | Susanne Shore | Ned Breslin | Clare Anderson, MSW

November 18 Guests
Shrounda Selivanoff | David P. Kelly, JD, MA | Melissa T. Merrick, PhD

Stay tuned for the rebroadcasting of this webinar series!


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Watch Films from Families Like Yours

We issued a Family Stories Film Challenge and you responded with your stories about what family means to you. 

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