AFCC is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.  AFCC members are the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family court arena.

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Our Mission

The Chapter shall carry out the mission of AFCC at the local level. The Chapter’s mission shall be consistent with that of AFCC and as expressed in these Bylaws.

The mission of AFCC is as follows:

AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.

AFCC promotes a collaborative approach among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices. Its membership includes judges, lawyers, mediators, evaluators, parenting coordinators, mental health professionals, academics, researchers, court administrators and public policy makers.

To further its mission and serve its members, AFCC:

  • Creates forums and networks that enable professionals to share information, ideas and experiences, identify trends and shape constructive change
  • Provides continuing? education through conferences and workshops
  • Advocates for innovation and change in the court and legal system called upon
  • to serve children and families in conflict
  • Publishes the Family Court Review and other regular bulletins
  • Identifies and disseminates standards of practice and model strategies
  • Disseminates research
  • Supports a network of state and provincial chapter aligned with the mission and goals of AFCC

Collaborates with other organizations to achieve its goals

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Chapter shall at all times be organized and operated exclusively for purposes described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and section 5-201, et. seq. of the Maryland Corporation and Associations Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland