National Family Week

National Family Week is an annual celebration observed during the week of Thanksgiving. The Alliance for Children and Families and its member organizations have annually promoted National Family Week for more than 40 years.

National Family Week is designed to build community connections and honor those who strengthen families. Alliance members regularly host local events that involve families, community residents, area leaders, and policymakers. Typical observances include community forums, resource fairs, volunteer projects, seminars, and awards programs.

National Family Week History

National Family Week Founder Sam Wiley with President George H. W. Bush.

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National Family Week was founded in 1968 by Sam Wiley, a former teacher and administrator from Indianapolis.

Wiley partnered with the Alliance around 1970.

In 2011, the Alliance connected with Wiley’s great-niece, Karen Gardner. Gardner provided a variety of historical photos, National Family Week proclamations from former U.S. presidents, and news articles.

For more information, contact the Alliance Marketing and Communications Department.

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