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Some people have your back When it comes to protecting the integrity of the family and traditional values, one entity at the United Nations stands out, and that is the Holy See. “Holy See” comes from the Latin Sancta Sedes, which means “Holy Chair” and refers...

By Ashley Corbaley When most people hear the word “addiction” they think of being dependent on a substance such drugs or alcohol. There are many substances to which people can be addicted. There are also behaviors that can be addictive. Sometimes we can be addicted to...

By Marci Nelson When I was in the 8th grade, I borrowed a book from my school library. It was a romance novel and, having read a handful of novels by this author, I did not think twice about my choice. However one night while reading...

By Elise Ellsworth Teenagers in Inner City Boston are now given the option of attending the pilot program of a “Porn Literacy” class in a program known as “Start Strong” in the Boston area.  This class is designed to help students understand how pornography affects them...

By McKayla Skinner Valentine's Day is an extra opportunity for us to show our loved ones just how much we care about them. Yet once the chocolates are gone, the dinner is eaten, and the flowers wilt, what helps love last? In considering this question, I...

by Marci Nelson Pornography has become a hot topic in recent years. Many celebrities, including Terry Crews and Pamela Anderson, have spoken out on the dangers of pornography. Many non-profit organizations such as Fight the New Drug and Citizens for Decency are working to combat the...

By Miriam Merrill Most of us have a desire to advocate for families, but in the midst of frightening headlines and threatening policy proposals it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. The good news is that there are many inexpensive and...

By Tonya Cox I am sure we can all remember the first time we had the talk about “the birds and the bees.” In my experience, most kids react with disgust at the very notion of sexual intercourse when it is first introduced. I know my...

By Ashley Corbaley Take a picture, ask questions later. That is how many parents in the world are doing it these days. From potty training mishaps to awkward first dates, parents are taking pictures and videos of it all and then posting it on their social...

For those like us, who value the family, the inability to have a child is a heavy burden. Infertility is a very real challenge for many couples. In the US alone, one in eight couples have difficulty conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. Many of you...

By Erin Weist We live in a new time.  The generation raising children now is doing something absolutely new that no one in the history of the entire world has done before:  They are raising children with unprecedented amount of information streaming into their homes at...

By Marci Nelson I get it. You want to help, but you don’t think you can make much of a difference. You’re a college student, a mother, a father, a grandparent. You don’t have the money, the resources, or the time to get involved. We avoid watching...

How to Make a Human: The Startling Advancements in Embryonic Science and How They Could Affect Generations Yet Unborn By Elise Ellsworth On December 8, 2017, Amnesty International hosted a conference: “Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction.” “Building Embryo-Like Structures In Vitro” and “How to...

By McKayla Skinner There are currently an estimated 70.1 million fathers in the United States. Most of them consider their role as a father as core to their identity. However, fathers face great challenges , as well as opportunities, as they decide what matters most for...

By Breaunna Stone A few weeks ago I was scrolling through iTunes looking at what new songs were at the top of the charts. Keith Urban’s song “Female” stood out to me. I clicked the play preview and got goose bumps as I listened to the words: “When you...

“Houston, we have a problem.” A line made famous by the movie, Apollo 13, is one of the top movie quotes of all time. It was a monumental understatement for a perilous emergency that threatened the lives of the three men aboard the tiny craft...

By Miriam Merrill The new year brings a chance to start fresh. A clean slate provides the opportunity to try new things, overcome old habits, and better ourselves. Finances, health, and education are all common Google search topics this time of year. But have you thought...

Merry Christmas! As we celebrate this season of giving, I’m writing to let you know your support this past year was instrumental in providing many of the resources needed for 2017 to be a record-breaking year for UFI. We cannot thank you enough! Miracles are happening...

By McKayla Skinner Recently, Australia became the 26th country to legalize same-sex marriage, doing so by means of ballot and parliamentary action. Let us briefly review the context of the change, as well as three lessons that family advocates can learn from it. Since the turn of...

Included in the landmark ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same­-sex marriage in the United States, were following words: “Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts,...

By Tonya Cox My son and his wife just had their first baby and he is thrilled with this new role. It is a privilege and responsibility he has looked forward to and he takes it seriously. In America there are a reported 72 million fathers!...

By Tonya Cox “The behavior of a human being in sexual matters is often a prototype for the whole of his other modes of reaction in life.” ~ Sigmund Freud “It is an unprecedented time in the United States in the history of sexuality” claims the America...

By Erin Weist News in the United States was recently inundated with scandals involving sexual assault. These subjects range through Hollywood celebrities, movie directors, politicians, high-profile doctors, and more. Most consist of women accusing men of assault, although there are a fair number of men doing...

By Tonya Cox Growing up as the oldest of six children, Saturday mornings consisted of family work. It was the day to deep clean our home and attend to the yard and every family member had their own assigned tasks. Family work became part of our...

By Elise Ellsworth In recent years neglect and other forms of child abuse have been on the rise.  These include the tragic 2016 case of a young Scottish boy, Liam Fee.  Little Liam was subject to continual physical abuse, had been chained up or locked in...