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2017 ILCFR Conference:  Families in the Environment 

Thursday, April 6, 2017  at Illinois State University’s Student Bone Center in Normal, IL

We are pleased to announce Dr. Ani Yazedjian as our 2017 ILCFR conference keynote speaker!  Dr. Ani is a Professor and Department Chair of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University.  Receiving her PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Ani’s research and grants focus on the community well-being of individuals.  Her most recent, $5 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families allowed her to implement the Champaign Area Relationship Education for Youth (CARE4U) Program. 

Dr. Ani will speak to us on the context of poverty at the conference this year.  Learn more about Dr. Ani’s research and accomplishments here   

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Proposals for Families in the Environment

If you are interested in sending in your proposal to be considered, the form is below.  The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017.   Please e-mail Lauren Hardy ([email protected]) with any questions.


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Illinois Council on Family Relations Awards

Each year at our annual conference, one or more awards may be given in the following categories:
  • Outstanding Service Award - Given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field.
  • Helen Gum Westlake Distinguished Member Award - Given to an active ILCFR member in recognition of their accomplishments and/or years or service.
  • Faculty Mentor Award - Given to a professor or faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership, guidance, and professional role modeling.
  • Outstanding Student Research Award - Given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the field.
Consider nominating your students and colleagues for these awards!
National Council on Family Relations
The Illinois Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations