CBC Cross Country Checkup
June 22, 2022
"What is your reaction to Ottawa's decision to recognize same-sex marriage?"







  1. Social Sciences / Public Policy Resources

  2. Governments Sites/Statistics

  3. Marriage/Family Enrichment

  4. Divorce Resources

  5. Faith Based Marriage Resources

  6. Marriage and Family Law



American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences - Organization of family professionals in a variety of fields dedicated to improving family life. www.aafcs.org

Australian Institute of Family Studies - A site for family research, information resources and services, as well as links to other sites for family research and policy information. http://www.aifs.org.au/

Canadian Council on Social Development - CCSD is a national, independent non-profit organization specializing in issues of economic and social security. The site has a wealth of social statistics and social policy documents, and hundreds of links to other sites. http://www.ccsd.ca

Child & Family Canada - Provides quality, credible resources on children and families in Canada on an easy-to-navigate website.

Child Trends - Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children. In advancing this mission, Child Trends collects and analyzes data; conducts, synthesizes, and disseminates research; designs and evaluates programs; and develops and tests promising approaches to research in the field.
http://www.childtrends.org; http://www.childtrends.com

Council on Contemporary Families - Founded in 1996, with a membership consisting of national noted family researchers, mental health and social work practitioners, and clinicians, The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about what contemporary families need and how these needs can best be met. www.contemporaryfamilies.org

The Communitarian Network - A coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment. We are a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, international association. http://www.gwu.edu/~ccps/

European Society on Family Relations - a multidisciplinary, non-profit organization of family researchers. The Society aims to promote excellence in the scientific study of family relations in context by bringing together European family researchers. http://www.socsci.kun.nl/ESFR/

Families and Work Institute - Conducts research on the changing workforce and its effects on family life and fosters mutually supportive connections among families, workplaces, and communities . Identifies issues, solutions, and their impact on families. http://www.familiesandwork.org
Familes Worldwide - is an international nonprofit organization ... Families Worldwide is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening relationships at home. http://www.fww.org/

Family Research Council - exists to reaffirm and promote nationally, and particularly in Washington, DC, the traditional family unit and the Judeo-Christian value system upon which it is built. http://www.frc.org/

Family Sociology Resources - Resources on family sociology from the University of Colorado. http://socsci.colorado.edu/SOC/RES/family.html

Grand Rapids Community Marriage - Policy Organization in Greater Grand Rapids, MI which brings together politicians, clergy, business and civic leaders to promote marriage in that community. http://www.GGRCmarriagepolicy.org

Institute for American Values
- The Institute for American Values, founded in 1987, is a private, nonpartisan organization devoted to contributing intellectually to the renewal of marriage and family life and the sources of competence, character, and citizenship. http://www.americanvalues.org/

International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships - a nonprofit organization of professionals set up to support scholarship and research on personal relationships. Tables of contents from the journal Personal Relationships, the ISSPR Bulletin, membership and conference information, and links to other sites are provided. http://www.isspr.org/

International Sociological Association - founded under the auspices of Unesco to represent sociology, the site provides information on its 50 research committees including one on family research, working groups, conferences and abstracts project. http://www.ucm.es/info/isa/

Kearl's Guide to the Sociology of the Family - Sociology and anthropology of the family. Web resources. http://www.trinity.edu/mkearl/family.html

Kinship and Social Organization - An Interactive Guide Prof. Brian Schwimmer's tutorial in the anthropology of kinship and family. http://www.umanitoba.ca/anthropology/kintitle.html

Marriage and Family Processes - A overview of resources in sociology of marriage and family http://www.trinity.edu/mkearl/family.html

National Council on Family Relations Home Page - The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) - provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establishes professional standards, and works to promote family well-being. www.ncfr.org/

National Fatherhood Initiative - NFI's mission is to improve the well being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. http://www.fatherhood.org/
National Marriage Project Home Page - National Marriage Project (Rutgers University) The mission of the National Marriage Project is to strengthen the institution of marriage by providing research and analysis that informs public policy http://marriage.rutgers.edu/

National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice - Provides technical assistance, staff training, research and evaluation, and information on Family-based programs and issues to public and private human services agencies in states, counties, and communities across the United States.

Public Agenda Online - The inside source for public opinion and public analysis on the family. http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=family

Publications Using Data from the National Survey of Families and Households - A partial bibliography of publications using the NSFH data. http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/nsfh/bib.htm

Relationships Australia - Relationships Australia is a leading provider of professional services to support relationships. http://www.relationships.com.au/

Religion, Culture and Family Project at the University of Chicago - The Religion, Culture, and Family Project seeks to address the contemporary situation of American families from a range of theological, historical, legal, biblical, and cultural perspectives. It is directed by Don Browning at The Divinity School of The University of Chicago http://www.uchicago.edu/divinity/family/

Resource Center on Couples and Marriage Policy, Center on Law and Social Policy The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) - A national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children. http://www.clasp.org/

Scholarly Societies Project - an initiative of the University of Waterloo Library, provides links to more than 1000 professional and scholarly societies worldwide organised by subject and searchable by keywords. http://www.familyaction.org/

Smart Marriages Coalition for Marriage Family and Couples Education - is an independent and non partisan association that networks with those interested in the ongoing development of marriage and family education; promotes awareness of the effectiveness of the educational approach; and works to increase the availability and quality of courses and programs in the community. An outstanding clearing-house of marriage resources. Diane Solle's newslist offers a regularly update on marriage debates and discussions in the media. http://www.smartmarriages.com/

Strengthening the Family - Implications for international ... The Family in a Global World (United Nations University) - International perspectives on family development.

Tufts University Child And Family WebGuide The Child & Family WebGuide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. These web sites have been selected from thousands of sites about children, based primarily on the quality of the information provided. The goal of the WebGuide is to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web. http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/

Urban Institute - The Urban Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. It provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers to help them address these challenges and strives to raise citizen understanding of these issues and tradeoffs in policy making. http://www.urban.org/

The Vanier Institute of the Family / L'Institut de la famille - The Vanier Institute of the Family (VIF) - Established in 1965, The Vanier Institute of the Family is a resource on Canadian family trends. http://www.vifamily.ca


America's Children, 2000, Population and Family Characteristics - Easy access to information on U.S. federal and state statistics and reports on children and family. http://childstats.gov/

Families and Living Arrangements from the U.S. Census Bureau - http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam.html

National Survey of Family Growth - http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg.htm

Family Fact File from Public Agenda Online - The Inside Source for Public Opinion and Policy Analysis.

Human Resources Canada - provides programs and services that respond to the needs of children and families, youth, seniors, the unemployed, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, and Canadians in the workplace. Includes the Applied Research Branch (ARB) established to generate policy-relevant research. Its Web site offers an extensive collection of research reports, papers and bulletins online.

US Administration for Children and Families, Dept. of Health and Human Services - US programs and services, child support, state links, welfare reform. www.acf.dhhs.gov/

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Youth Policy - http://aspe.os.dhhs.gov/hsp/hspyoung.htm

World Fact Book 2002 - the US Central Intelligence Agency's annual country information reference book contains a wide range of information on every recognized country in the world. For each - map and flag, geography, population (birth, death, net migration, sex, infant mortality and fertility rates, ethnic composition, languages and literacy), government, economy, transportation, communication, and defence information is provided. http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/



Smart Marriages - for an extensive set of links to marriage enrichment resources see Dianne Solle's outstanding annotated list of programs. See http://www.smartmarriages.com/directory_browse.html

Complete Marriages - Marriage help from complete marriages; marriage seminars, including marriage savers, marital builders, mentoring couples. http://www.completemarriages.com/

Families Worldwide - This Salt Lake City-based organization is "an international nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening relationships at home". http://www.fww.org/

Great Family Resources -This site provides information on Relate (marriage and relationship education) services run by 46 community organisations approved and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. The services offer information and skills to help you improve your relationships and better manage the day-to-day difficulties that may arise. http://www.relate.gov.au/

Life Innovations, Inc - Focused on building strong marriages and offers a variety of programs to help professionals to work with individuals and couples. We offer one of the most popular and useful programs for couples called the PREPARE/ENRICH program. We believe that a strong marriage is the foundation for a strong family.

Marriage and Relationship Educators' Association of Australia Inc. - MEAA was constituted in 1995, to meet the professional needs of marriage educators throughout Australia. Marriage Education is an adult education activity designed to inform and enrich marriage relationships. http://www.mareaa.asn.au/

Marriage Savers - Marriage Savers has two primary strategies to accomplish its goals: A) Establish a "community marriage policy" in cities and towns throughout the United States and Canada, in which pastors, priests and rabbis join together to strengthen marriages; B) Establish Marriage Saver Congregations in churches and synagogues throughout the United States and Canada, in which mentoring couples are trained to help other couples prepare for a life-long marriage, strengthen all existing ones, and restore troubled marriages. http://www.marriagesavers.org

PAIRS - Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills - The PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) programs developed by Lori H. Gordon, Ph.D., provide a comprehensive psychoeducational approach designed to enhance self-knowledge and to develop the ability of participants to sustain pleasurable intimate relationships. http://www.pairs.com/

Smart Marriages Coalition for Marriage Family and Couples Education - is an independent and non partisan association that networks with those interested in the ongoing development of marriage and family education; promotes awareness of the effectiveness of the educational approach; and works to increase the availability and quality of courses and programs in the community. http://www.smartmarriages.com/

Welcome to Marriage Builders - Building stronger marriages, resolving conflicts, restoring love. http://www.marriagebuilders.com/

Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Inc -. Turn a good marriage into a great marriage through a Marriage Encounter Weekend! http://www.wwme.org/


Americans for Divorce Reform Americans for Divorce - Reform was founded in 1997. It promotes the movement for divorce reform through our web site, e-mail lists, radio, print and television interviews. The ADR website contains useful statistics, studies, and model legislation to give inspiration and ammunition to state-level reform advocates. We have recently released a comprehensive model divorce reform bill, Classic Marriage. http://www.classicmarriage.com

Divorce Magazine - Website for the various local editions of Divorce Magazine published in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.divorcemag.com

Divorcesource.com - Provides information by state and province on such specific issues as child custody and support, alimony, counseling, visitation, mediation, taxes, and property appraisals. http://www.divorcesource.com


All About Families Newsletter - Articles on marriage and family from a Biblical perspective. http://www.allaboutfamilies.org/

Canada Family Action Coalition Canada - Family Action Coalition aims to encourage Canadians to defend moral and traditional values, the foundation of Canada. http://www.familyaction.org/

Catholic Charities U.S.A. - Services for pregnancy, teen parenting, adoption, foster care, elder care, and group home care. http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Christian Family Movement - Catholic organization of families for the promotion of marriage and family life. http://www.cfm.org

Colf Catholic Organization for Life and Family (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) - To promote the teaching of the Catholic Church on respect for human life and the inherent dignity of the human person, to support and strengthen the fundamental role of the family in society; to promote the Church's teaching on natural family planning. http://colf.cccb.ca/Home.htm?NL=1

Family Constitution - The Family Constitution is a document intended as the spiritual and legal foundation for starting and running an enduring and happy family. It is based entirely on Christian principles found in the Bible which are then supplemented with additional information only in those areas that are important but where the bible is silent, such as law and psychology. One year of research by the webmaster went into writing the book. Click Here

The Family.Com - Strengthening families with positive articles and information! Family room, parenting connection, food storage, genealogy, kids, charity, Country Cottage, seniors, health, forums and more! Sponsored by One Heart Foundation. http://www.thefamily.com

Family Life - Providing practical, biblical tools to strengthen marriage and family relationships, including the FamilyLife Marriage Conference, FamilyLife Parenting Conference, and nationally-syndicated, daily radio program, FamilyLife Today. http://www.familylife.com/

Family Medallion Clergy Services, Inc. - specializes in developing ceremonies, products and educational resources that support and strengthen family relationships. http://www.familymedallion.com/

Family.Org - CitizenLink: A Focus on the Family Website on Family Issues in Public Policy and Culture. http://www.family.org

Focus on the Family With Dr. James Dobson - A charitable organization, built on Christian principles, which supports, encourages and strengthens the family through education and resources. (U.S.A) http://www.oneplace.com/Ministries/Focus_on_the_Family/Default.asp

Focus on the Family Canada - A charitable organization, built on Christian principles, which supports, encourages and strengthens the family through education and resources. www.fotf.ca

Human Life International - The mission of HLI is to promote and defend the sanctity of life and family around the world according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church through prayer, service and education. As a non-profit educational apostolate, HLI takes a total approach by dealing with all of the life issues from the moment of conception to natural death. http://www.hli.org/

Jewishfamily.com - Provides information on Jewish parenting and family life. http://www.jewishfamily.com

Muslim Sisters Homepage - Contains information on women in Muslim history and in the Quran, and essays on such topics as intermarriage, violence against women, and polygamy. http://www.jannah.org

National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers - Professional association providing information on programs for Catholic families. www.nacflm.org For a larger list of Catholic family life organizations see the National Association's links page: http://www.nacflm.org/links.html

Presbyterian Mariners - Provides support for marriage and families through information, family groups, and other means. http://www.presmariners.com/

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism - Provides information on nurturing and celebrating Jewish family life. http://www.jtsa.edu/




Donald Moir's Family Law Canada - Donald Moir's Family Law Canada Resources and free legal information about divorce and family law in Canada, emphasizing British Columbia (see the extent list of internet resources on Family Law). http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/dlmoir/

FLC Home Family Law Centre - A survey of family law resources in Canada. http://www.familylawcentre.com/

Lex View - Centre for Cultural Renewal Lex View is an excellent information and analysis service from the Centre for Cultural Renewal that provides journalists, politicians and the interested public with ongoing, accessible and concise analyses of Canadian high-court decisions. We select cases which have important social, cultural, public policy, human rights and moral implications. Many of these cases deal with issues in marriage and family law. http://www.culturalrenewal.ca/lexview.htm


American Bar Association Section of Family Law - Organization of family lawyers providing information to family law practitioners and the public. http://www.abanet.org/family/

Academy of Family Mediator - Provides mediation services and information for families facing separation, divorce, and other conflicts. http://www.mediators.org/

Marriage Law Foundation - The Marriage Law Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization which provides legal resources to defend and protect marriage. Click Here

Marriage Law Project/Marriage Watch - The Marriage Law Project is a public interest legal association/project which seeks to reaffirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman through 1) participating in key court cases, 2) sponsoring research, conferences and publications, and 3) offering hands-on assistance to interested policymakers and organizations. http://www.marriagewatch.org/index.htm

[Return to Top of Page] [Return to Index Page]