UFI Blog

By Tonya Cox My husband and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We sent our son, the last child still living at home, to visit his grandparents while we snuck away for a week just the two of us. It felt amazing to leave all...

By United Families International   Back to School   Summer bucket-lists are checked off, and proud parents are sending their kids on to new adventures as this school year starts. For many the first-day jitters consume child and parent alike. With my oldest I remember tearfully helping him find...

A Heartbreaker of a Lie by United Families International I don’t watch much on TV these days, I have to admit that I’m a sucker for a good dance show. Lately, I’ve been enjoying NBC’s World of Dance. In the early episodes of this season, a group called Marissa...

By Miriam Merrill Did you know that approximately 15,000 people are trafficked in the United States annually? These horrendous statistics require great action on our part. Though it’s difficult to discuss, a little education can go a long way in the fight against human trafficking. Do...

As your children return to school, it is important that parents know that many people, including high-level judges, believe you relinquish your right to control your child’s education the moment your child crosses the threshold of the school door.   In a barely-noticed July ruling, a...

By Jessie Keller It Happens When 5-year-old Janie announced to her mom on the way home from a family picnic, “Michael made me play a game I didn’t like.” Her mother became concerned. Michael was Janie’s 12-year old cousin and had not been seen most of the...

By McKayla Skinner Each school year is full of new firsts. For some, it may be the entrance into kindergarten, for others new teachers, or even a whole new school. With all the changes that come with a new school year, it can lead many family...

by Vincenzina Santoro “Abortion is a common occurrence – there are 56 million each year.” So said the President of the Guttmacher Institute, Ann Starrs, in her statement following acceptance of the UN Population Award in the institutional category. Founded as the research arm of Planned Parenthood but...

From the Desk of Tori Black: Hello friends, June was a momentous month at the Supreme Court. Following the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling which held that baker and owner, Jack Phillips, could not be compelled to violate his religious beliefs, the Court struck down California’s Reproductive FACT Act,...

By Miriam Merrill In the self-centered world in which we live it is easy to forget that when we raise our voice with others amazing things can happen. We will often see posts on social media offering similar political opinions and we automatically assume that this...

By Tori Black The June 4th, 2018 Supreme Court ruling in the case of the Masterpiece Cakeshop is welcome news. The heart of the dispute was about a religious business owner’s right to refuse service, not to an individual or minority group, but for an event...

by Courtney Aintablian Fatherless-ness: it is an epidemic. We see it in our schools, work places, churches – you cannot miss it. It has become the “norm” to see a mother raising her children on her own.. What has happened in our society? Have men lost...

By Tori Black For many years my husband and I were volunteers with Boy Scouts of America. We served in packs, troops, crews and districts in a variety of positions. We helped youth develop virtues embodied in the Scout oath, law and motto as they worked...

By McKayla Skinner Some of the most significant changes in family life are brought about by small and simple things. Something you may have experienced in the past is the joy that come from planting and harvesting a garden. One article notes six little-mentioned benefits of...

By Tonya Cox I am a Rapid Eye Technician. Rapid Eye Technology is a technique used to assist people in identifying and releasing stress and trauma in their life as well as learn life skills for living happier, vibrant, and more peaceful lives. I work with...

By Ashley Corbaley Without a doubt the person I admire most is my mother. Since the very beginning she has constantly been my nurturer, my cheerleader, my support and my friend. She taught me everything I know. She gave me life. Everything that I am is...

By McKayla Skinner Sometime after the birth of my third child I came across some family support organizations that help with the transition to parenthood. I had no idea there were so many resources or people experiencing similar things. All I knew was at discharge...

By Suzanne Smith and LaRenda Sommers In the fierce debate that rages on the right to life versus the right to choose, one consideration has been ignored from the abortion platform; the devastating effect abortions have on women’s mental health. If we really care about women...

The UFI team had a very successful experience at this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We had eight university students and four faculty join us in visiting representatives from over 50 countries, as well as attending and reporting on side and parallel...

By Tonya Cox I have a delightful 3-year-old granddaughter named Ellie. She is a girl that knows her own mind and is highly intelligent with an emotional awareness and vocabulary that rivals children many years older. She knows what she wants and often seeks to dictate...

By Ashley Corbaley We all have seen it: a mom or dad busily scrolling or texting away on their cell phone on the park bench while their children are playing on the playground. Maybe from time to time we are even guilty of it ourselves. A few...

By Elise Ellsworth On January 8, 2018 the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognized.  This landmark ruling is binding precedent in Costa Rica and could do the same for other signatory countries, including Chile, Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay,...

By McKayla Skinner When it comes to good health many Pediatricians will include family meals as part of their triage. This is not solely in honor of the maxim “Families who eat together, stay together,” rather it is built upon research findings that suggests that if...

By Miriam Merrill Regardless of which side of the gun control dichotomy you fall on, I think we can all agree on one thing: lives are precious. As the nation tries to make sense of these recent tragic events, several alleged social and political culprits have...