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Family is a group of people related either by consanguinity or affinity. It forms the basis for social order. The purpose of the family is to maintain the well-being of its members and of society. Ideally, families offer predictability, structure, and safety as members mature and learn to participate in the community. Historically, most human societies use family as the primary purpose of attachment, nurturance, and socialization.

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Organizations relating to Family

International Family Doctors Association
European Family Businesses / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1997
Organization of the Families of Asia and the Pacific / Macau, Macau / Est. 1999
Centre for African Family Studies / Nairobi, Kenya / Est. 1975
European Coordination for Foreigners' Right to Family Life / Est. 1993
European Network for Prevention and Health Promotion in Family Medicine and General Practice / Ljubljana, Slovenia / Est. 1996
World Council of the Marianist Family / Rome, Italy / Est. 1996
Link - Liaison - Enlace Committee / Est. 1997
Vienna NGO Committee on the Family / Vienna, Austria / Est. 1985
Center of Arab Women for Training and Research, Tunis / Tunis, Tunisia / Est. 1993
Family Online Safety Institute / Washington DC, USA
International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers / Guerneville CA, USA / Est. 2004
International Family Forestry Alliance / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 2002
Red Europea de Institutos de la Familia / Barcelona, Spain / Est. 1995
Victory Outreach International / Chula Vista CA, USA / Est. 1967
The Family International / Est. 1969
Family of the Americas Foundation / Est. 1979
Families Anonymous / Des Plaines IL, USA / Est. 1971
International Confederation of Christian Family Movements / Est. 1966
New Families Movement / Rome, Italy / Est. 1967
World Family of Radio Maria / Casciago, Italy / Est. 1998
European Forum for Human Rights and Family / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1998
Save a Family Plan / London ON, Canada / Est. 1965
Grandmothers for Peace International / Elk Grove CA, USA / Est. 1982
Home-Start International / London, UK
Worldwide Family of God Churches / Harare, Zimbabwe
European Peer Training Organization / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1996
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos / Cuernavaca, Mexico / Est. 1954
Diobass, écologie et société / Nivelles, Belgium / Est. 1996
Future Generations / Franklin WV, USA / Est. 1992
Family Planet / Est. 1999
International Immigrants Foundation / New York NY, USA / Est. 1973
International Student Exchange Programs / Mirabel QC, Canada / Est. 1976
Families of the Missing / Brooklyn NY, USA / Est. 2003
Family Federation for World Peace and Unification / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1996
Union de Escuelas Familiares Agrarias / Madrid, Spain / Est. 1978
Union nationale des maisons familiales rurales d'éducation et d'orientation / Paris, France / Est. 1942
Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society / Rockford IL, USA / Est. 1997
Karl Kübel Foundation for Child and Family / Bensheim, Germany / Est. 1972
W K Kellogg Foundation / Battle Creek MI, USA / Est. 1930
Fondation des maisons familiales rurales dans le monde / Paris, France
Euroma / Rome, Italy / Est. 1990
Family Care Foundation / Spring Valley CA, USA / Est. 1997
Instituto Internacional de Estudios sobre la Familia / Est. 2008
Family Watch International / Gilbert AZ, USA / Est. 1999
Global Family for Love and Peace / Flushing NY, USA
Lumos Foundation / London, UK
International Center for Work and Family / Barcelona, Spain / Est. 2004
Asian Academy of Family Therapy / Hong Kong, Hong Kong
World Organization for the Family

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World Problems relating to Family

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Health hazards of passive smoking
Proliferation of sports utility vehicles
Excessively large families
Hereditary neuromuscular disease
Family rejection of children
Abandoned elderly
Multi-car families
Family violence
Unethical practices of relatives of leaders
Unbalanced family diets
Inadequate maternal and child health care
Consanguineous marriage
Bereaved children
Denial of the right to procreate
Deteriorating social environments for raising children
Prejudice against single parents
Marital instability
Discrimination against immigrants and aliens
Parochial family responsibility
State custody of deprived children
Family feuds
Restricted state support of the family

Action Strategies relating to Family

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Ensuring healthy environment
Preserving heritage
Increasing small farmers enterprise and income
Giving attention to war victims
Subsistence farming
Improving family food quality
Assisting immigrant families
Providing family allowances
Enabling full family employment
Educating for marriage and family life
Stabilizing family life
Forging family life-style
Exalting family life
Researching genealogy
Assuring family health care
Empowering family units
Providing mother/child care
Protecting rights of unborn children
Affirming influence of peer groups
Resisting peer pressure
Cultivating home gardens
Using tree-based subsistence farming
Developing coherent family policy
Nurturing spiritual development though family
Assisting families in poverty

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