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In a world of family change, how are children faring?

April 22nd, 2014 No comments
A new report provides a unique global picture of family factors affecting child well-being.

Families around the world are changing dramatically. The newly released World Family Map 2014 from the US research centre Child Trends provides an evidence base for strategies to improve child wellbeing. In this Q&A with MercatorNet the project’s co-director Laura Lippman notes some of the major findings. Read more…

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Focus On The Family Presents: Irreplaceable

April 17th, 2014 No comments

Focus On The Family Presents: Irreplaceable

Fathom Events, Focus on the Family™ and Pine Creek Entertainment invite you to explore “What is family – and does it still matter in today’s society?” in the one-night cinema event Irreplaceable. Broadcast to select movie theatres nationwide on Tuesday, May 6 at 7:30pm (local time), join host Tim Sisarich as he meets with experts around the globe to explore this fascinating subject in a documentary and panel discussion that will discuss views on family and its role in society. Read more…

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This week! ITAF regional…..

April 9th, 2014 Comments off

The unspeakable link between family stability and prosperity

April 8th, 2014 Comments off
The first step to solving a problem is recognising that one exists.

Sara (not her real name) wouldn’t wish single motherhood on anyone. When she and her partner split, it was hard. She remembers the days of shifting emotions and shifting locations. And of course it was hard financially – which, she adds, it still very much is. Read more…

Happiness is … dinner with the family

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off

by Joanna Roughton

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Nobody can be sure who said this first – Mark Twain or Benjamin Disraeli – but the quotation remains as valid as ever.

Where government policy is concerned, statistics matter hugely. Not just in presenting policy favourably. Data is also used to inspire strategy. But, of course, as any statistician will tell you – the result you get out, depends on the numbers you put in. Read more…

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ITAF – regional Conference in Dallas

March 14th, 2014 Comments off

Passing on your faith to your kids

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

by Tamara Rajakariar

It’s something I’ve definitely wondered about before – what makes a child either take on or resent the faith of their parents? There are so many possible factors at play in a child – their temperament, school, friends, and interests. But according to a recent article, research (and a new book) by Professor Vern L. Bengston show that there are a few major influences. Read more…

Jennifer Roback Morse: ‘Remember the Victims of the Sexual Revolution’

February 4th, 2014 Comments off

The marriage expert is working to help individuals and families heal from the ill effects caused by today’s sexually permissive culture.

by SUE ELLEN BROWDER

The Ruth Institute, which has focused primarily on defending marriage to college students, has changed its mission and now hopes to create a mass social movement to counteract the ill effects of the sexual revolution, such as the breakdown of family life, including cohabitation, divorce and unwed pregnancies. Read more…

The new silence which is destroying our kids

January 31st, 2014 Comments off
Why are politicians and the media ignoring the cause of most child abuse: the breakdown of the traditional family?

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been heralded a new epoch in Australian life that will finally ‘break the silence’ surrounding child sexual abuse.

Sceptical commentators, however, have questioned how the royal commission will ensure children are better protected in the future when its restrictive terms of reference (which only authorise an inquiry into how institutions such as churches, schools and sporting bodies respond to child sexual abuse) ignores the 70 percent to 80 percent of cases of child sexual abuse in which the perpetrator has a ‘familial relationship’ with the abused child. Read more…

Betsy Kerekes on “The Drew Mariani Show”

January 29th, 2014 Comments off

(January 28, 2014) Betsy Kerekes is Drew Mariani’s guest on his eponymous show, where they discussed marriage–how to have a better one, Ruth’s recent publication “101 Tips for a Happier Marriage,” and related questions. Order the book on Amazon, or check out the store at our website–it makes a great wedding gift.

Oh, and the conference Drew and Betsy mentioned? It’s called “Healing the 21st Century Family.” One day in Carlsbad, California, full of encouragement, healing, and inspiration–and not a polar vortex in sight. Check out our website for the details.