Family Science professionals are a great fit for so many careers.

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Kelly Roberts (third from right) attends the signing ceremony for the Oklahoma bill she helped shepherd, which requires divorcing couples with minor children to attend a divorce education class.


Kelly Roberts (third from rightattends the signing ceremony for the Oklahoma bill she helped shepherd, which requires divorcing couples with minor children to attend a divorce education class.

Everything in the policy world is a family policy issue. 

In all types of policy work, whether we're examining paid family leave or changes to the tax code, there's an undeniable impact on outcomes for families.

That, says Dr. Kelly Roberts, means that Family Science isn't just important — it's essential.

Family Science professionals are equipped to consider family problems and solutions at all levels, and to determine how new policy could impact families.

"Family Science skills help me re-frame messages to policymakers," Dr. Roberts says. "In essence, I speak 'Family Science,' a universal language like music and math that helps everyone involved come together."

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A Growing area of Study

Families don't come with instruction manuals. But family scientists understand and can apply what we know about
healthy family functioning so that families can become more resilient and, ultimately, thrive. 

Hundreds of high-quality colleges and universities already offer academic programs in Family Science, 
and the list continues to grow.