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American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Founded in 1909, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) improves the quality and standards of individual and family life through programs that educate, influence public policy, disseminate information and publish research findings. The association's 11,000 members work to empower individuals, strengthen families and enable communities, and include: elementary, secondary, post-secondary and extension educators and administrators; other professionals in government, business and nonprofit sectors; and students preparing for the field.

AAFCS is the only national organization representing family and consumer sciences professionals across practice areas and content specializations. These professionals develop, integrate, and provide practical knowledge about the things of everyday life

  • human growth and development;personal behavior; housing and environment; food and nutrition; apparel and textiles; and resource management

That every individual needs every day to make sound decisions which contribute to a healthy, productive, and more fulfilling life. The Association supports the profession as it provides leadership in:

  • improving individual, family and community well-being;impacting the development, delivery and evaluation of consumer goods and services; influencing the creation of policy; and shaping societal change

Thereby enhancing the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

The nature of family and consumer sciences, as well as the Association's programs, have evolved because of changes in the family, our culture and resources; new knowledge in the basic disciplines, and applied research. To more accurately reflect the breadth and scope of the profession, the organization changed its name from the American Home Economics Association to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in June 1994.

For more information, call us at 703-706-4600, or visit our Web site at http://www.aafcs.org.

Gay Nell McGinnis
Director of Credentialing and Professional Development
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
400 N. Columbus Street, Suite 202
Alexandria, VA 22314-2738
Phone: (703) 706-4600
Fax: (703) 706-4663
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