AAFCS Board Passes Updated Hardship Policy with Pandemic Relief

By Sophy Mott posted 05-27-2020 05:17 PM


Alexandria, Va. – May 27, 2020  – By a unanimous vote on May 20, 2020, the AAFCS Board of Directors passed a Disaster and Pandemic Relief Policy that will provide support to AAFCS members and certified professionals who have suffered a substantial loss of income due to a pandemic like the nation is facing with Covid-19. This policy is an update to the Major Disaster Relief Policy passed by the board in 2018. The policy states:

AAFCS Major Disaster and Pandemic Relief Policy

There are times when AAFCS members and AAFCS-certified professionals may need relief from their annual dues and/or certification maintenance fees due to impacts from a major disaster categorized as a federal state of emergency declared by the President of the United States, such as a hurricane, severe flooding, or fire, which may greatly impact their finances and ability to practice. Impacts from a pandemic as declared by the World Health Organization such as COVID-19 are also included. The AAFCS Board of Directors recognizes that these challenges can arise and has established a disaster relief policy to help these individuals maintain their membership and certification status.

In the event an AAFCS member or AAFCS-certified professional is unable to practice, suffers substantial loss of household income or sustains severe damage to their residence due to a disaster or pandemic, the member or certified professional may petition AAFCS to have his or her dues and/or certification fees waived for one year by completing the Dues Hardship Waiver Request Form and/or the Certification Maintenance Fee Hardship Waiver Request Form with a brief description of the of the nature of their hardship. Decisions regarding waivers for disasters or pandemics will be reviewed and approved by AAFCS staff and reported to the AAFCS Board of Directors. If approved, the member or certified professional will maintain his or her active status during that year.

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 110 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:

Sophy Mott
Director, Member and Affiliate Programs