Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family began in 1977 in response to Dr. James Dobson's increasing concern for the American family. A Ph.D. in child development (University of Southern California), he had served 14 years as associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine and a concurrent 17 years on the attending staff of Los Angeles Children's Hospital in the divisions of Child Development and Medical Genetics. What he had seen included massive internal and external pressures on American households, causing unprecedented disintegration. Yet there seemed to be no comprehensive, rational and biblically based conception of the family for those in greatest need.

From a two-room suite in Arcadia, Calif., Dr. Dobson began with radio—a 25-minute weekly program heard on only a few dozen stations. Focus on the Family has since become an international organization with more than 74 different ministries requiring nearly 1,300 employees. On the now-daily broadcast heard on over 6,000 facilities worldwide, Dr. Dobson still explores family issues, usually with one or more recognized experts as guests.

Meanwhile, other parts of the organization produce six additional broadcasts, ten magazines sent to more than 2.3 million people a month, award-winning books, films and videos. Focus also responds to as many as 55,000 letters a week, offers professional counseling and referrals to a network of 1,500 therapists, and addresses public policy and cultural issues.

Dr. Dobson's method attempts to "turn hearts toward home" by reasonable, biblical and empirical insights so people will be able to discover the founder of homes and the creator of families: Jesus Christ.

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Dobson Grieves Pope's Passing
02 Apr 05 | Today's passing of Pope John Paul II is an immeasurable loss – not only to our friends of the Roman Catholic faith, but to the entire world.

Massachusetts Court's Same-Sex 'Marriage' Ruling an Outrage
18 Nov 03 | Dr. James Dobson expressed outrage at this morning's 4-3 decision in a Massachusetts case that paves the way for same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in the Mass., signaling a systematic dismantling of our nation's understanding of marriage.

Focus on the Family Ready to Respond to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Ruling
09 Jul 03 | This historic decision has the potential to dismantle our culture's understanding of marriage by allowing same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses in the state of Massachusetts — and Focus on the Family stands ready to respond.

FOF Expresses Sadness on the Passing of Larry Burkett
07 Jul 03 | The leadership and staff of Focus on the Family would like to add our voices to the hundreds of thousands of others in the evangelical community who are mourning the loss of our dear Christian brother, Larry Burkett.

FOF Voices Disappointment Over Wal-Mart's New Gay Sensitivity Training Policy
02 Jul 03 | Focus on the Family is profoundly disappointed that the largest family-friendly company in the nation has surrendered to a small handful of homosexual activists and will subject 1.3 million employees to "sensitivity training" on homosexual issues.

FOF Hopeful New Global AIDS Czar Will Carry Out Bush's Vision
02 Jul 03 | Mr. Tobias is rather new to this issue, but we are optimistic that the president would not have selected him for the important position if he didn't share the administration's philosophy that the condoms-first model has been a miserable failure.

Focus on the Family Applauds Sen. Bill Frist for His Support of the Federal Marriage Amendment
30 Jun 03 | Focus on the Family Vice President Bill Maier applauded Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist for his statements Sunday on ABC's "This Week" in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA).

Seventy-Five Percent of Survey Respondents Say Internet Help Sites Are More Hype Than Help
27 Jun 03 | In a recent nationwide survey conducted by Zogby International , 75 percent of respondents said the advertisements and products for sale on many Internet help sites make them appear more concerned with selling a product than providing real help.

Focus on the Family Calls for Effort to Counter “Gay Marriage”
27 Jun 03 | There's "a social storm upon us now, and what's caught in the storm... is the very institution of marriage itself," said Tom Minnery, vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family, on a June 27 national broadcast.

Family Ministry Spreads Message in a Vintage 1941 Cadillac Convertible
27 Jun 03 | For the eighth consecutive year, a team representing Focus on the Family will join a fleet of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles in The Great Race. With approximately 100 vintage vehicles, it is the largest car rally-race in the world.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Sodomy Law
26 Jun 03 | With today's decision the court continues pillaging its way through the moral norms of our country. If the people have no right to regulate sexuality then ultimately the institution of marriage is in peril, and with it, coming generations.

Supreme Court Upholds Children's Internet Protection Act Protects Kids from Obscenity, Child Pornography
23 Jun 03 | The Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to reverse a District Court ruling and uphold the Children's Internet Protection Act represents a significant victory for children and families across the nation

AMA Abandons Medicine's Most Vulnerable Patients
17 Jun 03 | Focus on the Family's Senior Policy Analyst for Bioethics Carrie Gordon Earll issued the following statement regarding the American Medical Association's (AMA) endorsement of human cloning for stem cell research.

Radio Theatre Wins Audio Publishing’s Highest Production Award
16 Jun 03 | Focus on the Family's acclaimed radio drama series, Radio Theatre, struck it big at the 2003 Audie Awards on May 30 in Los Angeles, winning the coveted "Achievement in Production" award for dramatic presentation of C.S. Lewis' "The Silver Chair".

Oregon Residents to Hear Experts Debunk Homosexual Myths
16 Jun 03 | Hundreds of Oregon residents plan to attend Focus on the Family's 22nd national Love Won Out conference held at Portland's New Hope Community Church on June 21, despite opposition from local homosexual activists who plan to protest the event.

FOF Applauds House Vote Ending Partial-birth Abortion
05 Jun 03 | Focus on the Family applauded the end of a long legislative battle to ban partial-birth abortion hailing the House's 282 to 139 vote to ban the barbaric practice last night.

Focus on the Family Counters "Gay Pride" Message
04 Jun 03 | While gay-affirming organizations in the Portland area make plans to celebrate Gay Pride Month, Focus on the Family is preparing its own celebration — of the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treatable.

Steve Largent Joins Focus on the Family Board
30 May 03 | Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, announced today that former Congressman Steve Largent is joining the organization's Board of Directors.

FOF Applauds Bush’s Leadership on Global AIDS Bill
28 May 03 | Focus on the Family applauded President Bush for putting people before politics by signing the Global AIDS Bill into law today. Tom Minnery, vice president of Public Policy for Focus on the Family, said it would save the lives of thousands.

Focus on the Family Applauds Passage of Global AIDS Bill
16 May 03 | Tom Minnery, Vice President of Public Policy for Focus on the Family, commended the Senate for passing the Global AIDS bill this morning, calling it a victory for the people of Africa.

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