President, U.S. Groups, Churches Promote National Family Week

National Family Week, taking place from Nov. 20 to Nov. 26, received some attention on Monday when President George Bush made a formal declaration about the week, extolling the virtues of family life.

Calling families the foundation and source of stability and love throughout American history, the President said strong families teach children to live moral lives and help to hand down values that define a caring society. With many soldiers still on the ground in Iraq, the president also used the message to remind Americans about military families that are separated due to the war.

“During National Family Week and throughout, Americans stand solidly behind the men and women of our Armed Forces and join all military families as they pray for the safety and strength of their sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and fathers and mothers,” he stated.

The theme for NFW is “Connections Count,” which emphasizes positive relationships among families, the community and institutions; access to dependable transportation, technology, education, and childcare; as well as opportunities to build solid financial foundations.

National organizations including the YMCA, with over 2,500 locations nationwide, are taking part in activities to promote families. Milwaukee-based Alliance for Children and Families, meanwhile, has organized activities around the country since 1968 promoting the week. And according to www.nationalfamilyweek.org, local church groups are also participating, promoting events such as learning more about becoming foster parents, essay contests, worship services, awareness campaigns and workshops. The website provides ways to connect with local groups.

National Family Week was established in 37 years ago to promote strong families. Later, legislation was passed to have the week of Thanksgiving recognized as National Family Week."