Frequently Asked Questions

Can I become a member of ILCFR if I am not a member of NCFR?

Yes! Contact our membership chair, Linda Derscheid, to learn more about becoming a member of ILCFR. There are many advantages of being a member.

Can students get involved and even become members of the ILCFR Executive Board?

Absolutely! We welcome student involvement on a variety of levels. Please contact the current president of ILCFR and tell them you are interested in becoming more involved! We will try to place you in a role that fits your strengths and interests.

How can I get more involved in ILCFR?

ILCFR has many opportunities for students and professionals to get involved. You could volunteer at our annual conference or attend one of our meetings as a guest member for starters. If you would like more information, contact the current president of ILCFR. For information on who the current officers, click here.

If I am a member of NCFR, how do I become a member of ILCFR?

If you are a member of NCFR, you are automatically a member of ILCFR. NCFR regularly sends the ILCFR membership chair a report of all members of NCFR that are from Illinois. When members of the ILCFR Executive committee send out emails to members, this would include all members of NCFR from Illinois. If you are a member of NCFR, but are not receiving emails, please contact NCFR for details as to why this might be.

What is a Certified Family Life Educator?

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides certification for the profession of family life education. Becoming a CFLE means that you have a proven background and understanding in each of the ten family life content areas (individuals and families in societal contexts, internal dynamics of families, human growth and development across the lifespan, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resource management, parent education and guidance, family law and public policy, professional ethics and practice, and family life education methodology). Having the CFLE provides credibility of your knowledge in the field and brings new opportunities for networking. Please see the NCFR website for additional information.

What is family life education?

Duncan and Goddard (2011) define outreach family life education (FLE) “as any educational activity occurring outside a traditional school classroom setting, usually involving adults, that is designed to strengthen relationships in the home and foster positive individual, couple, and family development” (p.4). See the NCFR website for more information about FLE.

What’s the relationship between the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and The Illinois Council on Family Relations (ILCFR)?

ILCFR is an affiliate of NCFR. NCFR has state affiliates across the country, and ILCFR is the Illinois affiliate.

National Council on Family Relations
The Illinois Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations