Family Enrichment activity began in the mid-sixties with the development of support programs for parents based on the case method: a useful way of promoting dialogue about real situations which avoids imposing our own ideas or dismissing other people’s.
After more than 30 years experience of carrying out these courses, the International Federation for Family Development was founded in Orlando (Florida), as a union of non-denominational, non-profit, independent and private Family Enrichment Centers. The headquarters is in Spain, which is where the first courses started.
IFFD has General Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Since 1978, IFFD has worked to promote and support a broad variety of initiatives for families and married couples.
We are convinced of the importance and irreplaceable role of the family in the happiness of its members, as well as for peace and social cohesion, for general welfare and educational development, and for economic growth and successful integration into society. We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
IFFD courses are designed to suit the different stages of child development. All courses are structured on the participant-based case study method and use cases involving real situations. Cases are first analyzed by small teams formed by few couples, and then discussed in larger groups at general sessions moderated by experts in Family Development.
The current courses and relevant ages of children discussed therein are as follows:
First Steps: A program for parents with children from birth to 3 years old, or for young couples planning to become parents.
First Letters: A program for parents with children from 4 to 7 years old.
First Decisions: A program for parents with children from 8 to 10 years old.
Pre-adolescents: A program for parents with children from 11 to 13 years old.
Adolescents: A program for parents with children from 14 to 16 years old.
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