Welcome to the Center for Family Research!

We are a behavioral science research center at the University of Georgia. Our research is guided by a concern for the difficulties faced by African American families living in the rural South. In many of these communities, the lack of resources for health care and employment can make it especially difficult to raise children. We focus on the strengths of these families and communities that allow children to thrive. We believe CFR is successful because we create strong partnerships with community members at every level of our research program.

Our mission is to do research that makes a difference in the lives of rural African Americans. We ask questions about what makes African American families strong – and then use the answers to develop family-based programs. If our research proves these programs are successful, our next step is to get the program into communities so as many families as possible can benefit.

We’re glad you’re visiting our website! We hope you’ll come back often – we’re always up to something interesting.

SAAF Program: Strong African American Families

The Strong African American (SAAF) Families Program is an evidence-based interactive educational program designed to strengthen positive family interactions, prepare youth for the teen years and enhance parent's efforts to help youth reach positive goals as they transition to adolescence.

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