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Background and History of Forever Families

The Forever Families website, which officially launched August 2002, is sponsored by the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. Articles on the website are authored by students and faculty in the School of Family Life and are reviewed by a team of editors. Articles per title are comprised of Main, Extended, and Latter-day Saints Perspective.

The website is organized around the themes of The Family: A Proclamation to the World (the Proclamation). The Proclamation was designated as the school's charter by President Boyd K. Packer. The Proclamation emphasizes the nature and importance of marriage, families, and parenthood, coinciding with the faith traditions of many world religions (Madsen, Lawrence, & Christiansen, 2000).

Website Staff

Stephen F. Duncan, PhD, CFLE, Director and Editor

Dr. Duncan is Professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. He received his doctorate in family studies from Purdue University in 1988. Prior to coming to BYU in 2000, Dr. Duncan was Professor and Extension Specialist at Montana State University for more than seven years, and held a similar position at Auburn University for five years. His specialties include strengthening marriages and families through outreach family life education. He also serves or has served on the editorial board of Family Relations, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, and Family Science Review. Dr. Duncan and his wife Barbara are the parents of five children.