American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

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Benefits for Members

Membership in the only national organization representing Family and Consumer Sciences professionals across practice areas. Founded in 1909, our mission is to provide leadership and support to professionals whose work is to assist individuals, families and communities in making informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to optimize their quality of life.

Membership BrochureAffiliate Membership
As a member, you are automatically enrolled and receive all the benefits of your affiliate.

Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences
Published four times a year, this peer-reviewed journal features scholarly articles, trends, issues, and practical information to help you in your career. A printed copy of each issue and access to online issues is included with your membership!

Networking and Leadership Opportunities
Network and develop valuable leadership skills by participating in the AAFCS online Communities. Upon joining AAFCS, you're also listed in the online membership directory accessible exclusively to AAFCS members!

New New EXperiences in Training (NEXT) Webinars
Stay on the leading edge of your career with free webinars! Webinars are free for members and cover a variety of current family and consumer sciences topics. Learn more about our webinar library here.

Conference Discount
Members receive a significant discount below the non-member registration cost for the AAFCS Annual Conference and Expo. Since 1909, AAFCS has assembled educators, entrepreneurs, researchers and business people to meet friends and colleagues, expand their expertise at educational sessions, and see new products.

Discounts on Publications and Products
Receive a Members-Only discount on books, note cards, jewelry and other items.

Insurance Plans
Members can participate in various insurance plans and other protection available through AAFCS' partnership with the Trust for Insuring Educators, including car insurance through Geico and liability insurance for student and professional educators.

Special Savings through Affinity Partners
Members enjoy discounts on rental cars, Sears appliances, and more via their AAFCS Membership.

Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal
AAFCS members may subscribe at the Members-Only rate of $45 (Regular Price $144) to the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) and enjoy peer-reviewed university research on a variety of topics. The FCSRJ, published four times annually, presents original research and scholarly reviews in all areas of family and consumer sciences and related disciplines concerned with the general well-being of families and individuals.

Advocacy for Public Policy
AAFCS and its members represent family and consumer sciences concerns and priorities with Congress, the media, and Federal policy makers. Your membership makes us collectively stronger.

Support for FCS Secondary Programs
AAFCS provides resources family and consumer sciences educators can use to help demonstrate the value of their programs to key decision makers. A member can also request a letter of support signed by AAFCS leaders for his or her FCS program.

Awards and Grants
Get noticed for your impact! AAFCS is proud to provide recognition to our members via our awards and grant program, including the National Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox.


Additional Services

Education Program Accreditation
AAFCS is the sole accreditation agent in the United States for educational institutions and units offering programs in family and consumer sciences in higher education.

FCS Career Connection
Whether you’re searching for a new job or great talent, our online career center is the place to achieve your employment goals.

Membership in AAFCS is your gateway to national and international fellowships to support graduate and post-secondary study in family and consumer sciences.

Professional Certification
AAFCS offers professionals certification in family and consumer sciences.

Research Grants
Every year members compete for grants to support research studies in family and consumer sciences.

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