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German Youth Institute (DJI)

The DJI works on the cutting edge between science, politics and practice. It was founded on resolution of the German parliament and is nationally the biggest, non university, social science research institute in the area of children, youth and family. Over 140 scientific workers analyse long term and systematically the circumstances of children, young people, men, women and families as well as relevant public offers for their support and advancement. The range of long term ongoing projects (long-term observation and social monitoring) comprises the themes of children, youth, family and gender research as well as the helping of young people. Parallel to this, studies on current social political developments and problem areas are also carried out.

Unlike university research, the working area of the DJI is based between science, policy and practise. Here not only research is carried out, its information-, service-, and advice duties are equally as important to the DJI. It provides relevant social political data and orientation help in politics and practise. More than 90.000 books and approximately 500 magazines are available for those interested in the presence library in Munich. Current projects and research results are being visualised in numerous publications as well as work and project material. Not too long ago the online data banks as well as the internet sites of the DJI have developed. Here experts and journalists as well as all interested persons can inform themselves on certain problems, in a targeted and comprehensive way.

National Foundation of "Mother and Child"

The National Foundation of "Mother and Child - protecting the unborn life" was founded in 1984 in order to help pregnant women in emergency circumstances unbureaucratically and to support them quickly financially. The goal of the association is to improve the conditions for the unborn life and to strengthen its protection. Furthermore the National Foundation gives support at the beginning of parenthood, contributes to the prevention of poverty and serves as a guide to the system of “early help” and multifaceted help systems.
The National Foundation can help above all with the baby´s first basic equipment, the further upkeep of the household, appointment of the apartment as well as with taking care of the child. The amount and duration of the support varies according to the particular circumstances of the personal emergency situation. Requirements for help are as follows:

  • a current pregnancy
  • a personal financial emergency situation
  • counselling through a pregnancy counselling service/agent and their application for help through the national foundation before the birth
  • Place of residence or common place of residence in Germany.

Grants from The National Foundation can be appealed, if the necessary help of other methods is not or not at the appropriate time possible or insufficient. The National Foundation annually supports up to 150.000 pregnant women and mothers in emergency situations.

National Forum Family

The member organizations of the AGF are also members of the National Family Forum. In the National Family Forum organizations with varying main focuses gather and engage themselves so that the interests of families are taken into consideration in all relevant social and political areas of influence.
On the basis of self-obligation and active assumption of responsibility the National Forum Family outwardly works in policy and society, as well as in its own organizations, within which knowledge in each field of work and spheres of influence is moved and shared as much as possible. The National Forum Family works on a project basis with one main focus and a duration of two years in each case. The AGF was the legal entity and project coordinator of the National Forum Family up until 2007, when it then lead itself as an independent association. From the end of 2012 the Forum will be newly orientated, again within the AGF.

ICCFR – International Commission on Couple and Family Relations

Established in 1953 as the IUFO Commission on Marriage and Marriage Guidance (subsequently: Commission on Marriage and Interpersonal Relations) it adopted its current title in 2001 so as to make clear the focus of its work. Its extensive international membership includes organisations and individuals involved in couple and family therapy, relationship education, social work, mediation, psychology and psychiatry, research, social policy, family courts and the law, and family organisations. The Comission serves as a catalyst for the networking of professionals in the public and voluntary sectors who are involved in work with couples and families, through an annual conference, the publication of conference papers and reports, and through a website.

The ICCFR believes that stable, flourishing communities are based on thriving couple and family relations. It dedicates itself to the advancement and world-wide dissemination of knowledge about those relationships, and to activities promoting their well-being. The comission provides an international forum in which individuals and organisations can engage in a multidisciplinary dialogue about the issues and challenges couple and family relations face, and about the means by which the related professions can collaborate in responding to them.

The annual international conferences address topics reflecting the current activities and concerns of the membership. Those events bring innovative activities and new thinking about couple and family relations to the attention of their participants and result in publications which reach a much greater readership, worldwide. The conferences also expand and revitalise the Commission’s active international network of family-related professionals and organisations and promote collaborative activity.

Dr. Insa Schöningh (Vice-Chair) and Sven Iversen represent AGF on the board of ICCFR.


COFACE (Confédération of the Familiales de l'Union européenne: Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union) is a union of more than 50 European family organizations from 23 states. They exchange experience and take influence on the European level of family policy via conferences, statements and position papers. The AGF is mostly involved with COFACE in the study group on Family and Social policy and has a seat and voice in its Administrative Counsel. As the only German COFACE member the AGF thus, supports there the influence and communication possibilities between the European and national levels, as well as the exchange of experience with other European states.