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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Family Services, Health, Health Care, Human Services

Mission: "Believing In The Re-Generation Since 1996" - FCL supports families, professionals and organizations exploring the practical wisdom of conscious living through our multiple nonprofit initiatives. See them all here: http://www.familiesforconsciousliving.com/fcl-nonprofit-initiatives.html

Results: For 20 years, FCL has worked passionately to support families who are exploring "The New Story of Childhood, Parenthood and the Human Family" and its possibilities for individual and planetary wellness. FCL's vision is to bring needed coherence, visibility and empowerment to this emerging, consciousness-raising movement. Our work is critical as research shows Cultural Creative families are often unaware of each other and their vital role in transforming culture through the practical wisdom of sustainable, holistic and compassionate living.

Target demographics: explore, empower and educated anyone seeking family wellness through conscious living.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100,000 visitors to our site find information, resources and support and over 1,000 families through the Pathways Connect program based on our parent education program and Gathering Guide.

Geographic areas served: International and national nonprofits, professional organizations, worldwide web, and individual families

Programs: FCL has supported families exploring and pioneering new models of wellness for 20 years. We have been featured in the Attached Family Magazine and have won the Top-Rated Nonprofit Award from Greatnonprofits for the past three years as well as Delicious Living Magazine’s Top Nonprofit’s Making A Difference Award. Our board members are recognized thoughts leaders, nonprofit founders and authors who have dedicated their lives to supporting family wellness. Because there are so many needed family wellness programs in the United States, FCL sponsors the creation of uniquely empowering initiatives to meet these needs. Some of our initiatives include: Kindred, an alternative media and educational project whose mission is to “Share the New Story of Childhood, Parenthood and the Human Family.” This educational media outlet helps parents and professinoals understand the language, concepts and science behind family wellness. Parenting As A Hero’s Journey, an educational program empowering parents seeking wellness models to understand the importance of their roles culturally in pioneering insights into family wellness. www.ParentingAsAHerosJourney.com Book Fairy Pantry Project, an initiative that works with food pantries to bring literacy and bonding to at-risk families. www.BookFairyPantryProject.com Parent Liberation Alliance, is an evolving, cross-cultural program that provides parents with the science behind child brain development along with insights and tools for reflecting upon cultural norms as a conscious move toward building the emotionally intelligent families and compassionate communities needed for peaceful social change. Our alliance with the Alliance for Parent Education in Africa has supported facilitator training in both South Africa and Botswana. www.ParentLiberationAlliance.org. There are other initiatives found on our FCL website here: www.FamiliesforConsciousLiving.org.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Dieudonne A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 2014 our organisation has been benefiting from technical support from Families for Conscious Living through Parent Liberation Alliance. Through our partnership with them, the "Iziko" manual which is being used for APEA's community-based parenting circles in South Africa and Botswana. Because of their FLC's support we have been able to empower over 100 parents and created more nurturing environments for children in South Africa and Botswana In September 2017 I was privileged to attend one of FLC's board meetings, where I had a chance to present our work in South Africa and was amazed by the high standards of corporate governance, accountability and leadership. I also had an interview with Teresa Graham Brett, a board member of FCL and founder of Parent Liberation Alliance with who I have worked since 2014. FCL are so well organised, supportive and runned by a team of professionals. They deserve a 5 star rating. We look forward to sustaining our partnership with this great organisation to expand our work to the entire African continent Watch our interview with Teresa here: http://kindredmedia.org/2017/10/transgenerational-trauma-cross-cultural-insights-interview-dieudonne-allo/ More of our work with Kindred here: http://kindredmedia.org/2016/05/conscious-parenting-africa/ Dieudonne Allo Founder, Alliance for Parenting Education in Africa Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FCL and its nonprofit initiatives are providing a a needed vision and dialogue around shifting our personal and collective "stories." They occupy a special and unique place among nonprofits exploring the roots of sustainability and deserve our support and donations.

8

Board Member

Rating: 5

If we are going to make real change on the planet, then it must start with exploring this vital question: what conditions are needed to create a just, compassionate and sustainable society? Families for Conscious Living not only asks this essential question, but seeks also to find answers, and support a community around those answers. What an ambitious calling for a non profit, and how well they answer that calling.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is one of the best in the nation
Michael mendizza

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization! Thank you for all the great reading!!! The kindredmedia.org site is such a great resource with its collection of articles that you just can't find anywhere else! The articles are just so informative, so eye-opening...thank you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization that spreads helpful, useful, and pertinent information to families and parents alike. They discuss important, relevant issue in today's modern world, and present the viable research to back it up. Definitely a trustworthy source of information.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a parent educator and I love the depth of research and wisdom that I can find on this site. Families for Conscious Living and Kindred are a wealth of resources that I can rely on for a current perspective in this emerging field of science. I especially love the insightful interviews with the leaders in the field of conscious parenting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of Families for Conscious Living and Kindred. They do a wonderful job of creating community and of curating and pubishing wonderful range of articles from leading workers, educators, and family advocates. They cover a huge range of topics, from simple nutrition, holistic health and wellness to latest scientific studies around topics like epigenetics and neural brain pathways. Always informative - well worth spending time browsing their website and reading their newsletters.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are lots of organizations who help families, but Families for Conscious Living is the most progressive organization I have encountered. Their projects are consistently pushing the limits on how parents envision a better world. I love reading the pieces in Kindred Magazine - I always look forward to how each piece helps shift the paradigm to a more peaceful planet.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first came to know Families for Conscious Living through my parent and child advocacy and consulting. FCL provides families under the stress of day-to-day living a lifeline for creating greater awareness, consciouness, and healing. It is a great resource for creating community for families who are trying to redefine life in the 21st century.

7 Lauren74

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It takes a village to raise healthy children in mind, body and soul. Families for Conscious Living offer parents a new and refreshing worldview through support, guidance and excellent resources.

7 Amy_151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a writer on topics relating to birth work, support for the dying, spirituality, and parenting. I've found the Kindred Community to be an excellent and progressive resource for families and individuals seeking insight, support, guidance, and inspiration. I'm honored to have my work featured on their website and know that Families for Conscious Living is doing wonderful work in this world.

8 robingrille

Advisor

Rating: 5

My work as a psychologist brings me every day into contact with families who suffer cultural isolation for their efforts to live more sustainably and to reflect their social conscience in their lifestyle choices. What I find so exhilarating about Family for Conscious Living is their template for forming supportive groups around shared core values. FCL has a long proven track record for gathering families into dynamic and supportive communities in which children can thrive in greater health and emotional wellbeing. Their work books for discussion draw from leading edge health sciences. My research in early intervention and child development tells me that the innumerable groups created under the FCL umbrella are the building blocks of a more peaceful, vibrant, ecologically harmonious and sustainable society. This not-for-profit is an engine room, it generates rivers of social capital. It is exactly the kind of initiative that brings me hope and reassures me - someone is doing something powerful to change the world from childhood up - and the ripples will be felt far and wide.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a mother of two children, I was seeking community of other families so that I could have support for my development as a parent and for making decisions for my family in health, education, and parenting. Families for Conscious Living encouraged me to seek out local families and gave me resources for gathering as a group. Personally, what ended up benefiting me the most was the connection to the resources that can now be easily found on FCL's project Kindred. Articles, books and dialogs hosted by FCL began to answer "questions I didn't even know I had" and to help me see differences between consumer-driven lifestyle choices versus life-affirming choices based on principles of vitalism and inter-connectedness/holism.

Families for Conscious Living as a non-profit has several projects. One of them is Kindred, an online community of journalists, authors, educators, researchers, representatives from other non-profits and other initiatives, and parents. Kindred is going beyond filling the gap left by Mothering magazine, which went out of print after many years of serving parents who sought information and encouragement for natural living and loving ways of caring for children and families. Kindred goes far beyond all other magazines for parents by providing leading-edge, truly holistic viewpoints in support of optimal family health.

FCL operates on the premise that humanity is continuing to evolve and that we can engage consciously with that process of evolution, and that by so doing we can improve the future health of our planet and ourselves. FCL encourages families to create and participate in local communities, to create and benefit from sharing stories, news, and dialog on current research and traditional wisdom about family health and wellness. FCL's vision and mission comes from an integral understanding of the child's and parent's relationship to our many ecologies. FCL makes evidence-based wellness information accessible and sparks dialog about best practices for family relationship and wellbeing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very grateful that Families for Conscious Living exists. In the mainstream media it is difficult to find truth and wisdom for families who want to raise their child in a conscious and mindful way. The beauty here is that new ideas, incredibly interesting topics, and important concepts are introduced in non-threatening and heart opening ways. I consider myself to be someone who keeps her finger on the pulse of the holistic movement and yet I also find new ways of thinking about my work with families and completely new ideas here. It is a place to calm down amidst the busyness of life and the complications of living/managing a modern household and also a place to spark the fire inside you when you need warming.
Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE
www.motherjourney.com
www.theattachmentpregnancy.com

7 Liberty L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was nursing my second child, I found myself in the blissful, fulfilling role of stay at home motherhood--alone. While my attachment parenting was well received by my partner, I felt isolated and abandoned by my culture. I was afraid to talk about my choices, because intuition and healing through parenting are such foreign concepts for most people. I found FCL to be a refuge as well as a support network. I am always pleased to read something on their website that strengthens my inner convictions and knowing, or connects me to the difficulties of others like myself. This organization is a torch bearer, and embracer of a paradigm which connects us to the earth and nature and thereby stimulates connection with others. I am very proud to serve on this board and continue the work that was a lifeboat for me during one of the most vulnerable times in my own and my family's life.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience as a mother, therapist and perinatal researcher is that although parents are biologically primed to become closer during the perinatal period, our current society both creates obstacles for this and does't support it. Hollywood fosters unrealistic expectations; there is some hard work to be done before we get to “happily ever after”. The media distracts us with issues and things that aren’t important or in some cases even healthy, advertisers charm expecting couples with expensive products they don’t need. Some birth experiences are not always respectful or a gentle start for a new family. Newborn parents are often separated from extended family, under intense financial pressure and new-parent learning curves are steep. Pressures stress our families and cost us all in terms of mental health and marriages. This system isn't working.

We need foresight. We need to do more to protect, preserve and support our next generation. Families for Conscious Living provides awareness, empowerment and holistic support to create a healthy future for us all.