The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families (Resource Center) serves as a national repository for relationship education through gathering, developing, and disseminating timely and relevant research, tools, and resources. The Resource Center promotes healthy marriage and relationship education (relationship education) skills in a way that meets both the needs of safety-net systems and the families they serve.
The Resource Center operates under the assumptions that: (1) the threat of marriage instability, divorce, and out-of-wedlock births, which is caused in part by the lack of knowledge and lack of holistic services, has led to an increased number of children at risk of poverty and antisocial behaviors, and (2) that relationship education has been well documented to strengthen and improve family functioning. Thus, it is imperative that human service providers and stakeholder agencies and organizations enhance their capacity to serve families more holistically.
Since its inception, the Resource Center continually equips stakeholders to integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into their agencies through tailored products (e.g., toolkits, fact sheets), on-the-ground and on-demand trainings (e.g., Integration Institutes and Virtual Training Center courses), and its website, including its virtual library. The findings and insights reflected in this report are grounded in data collected from the Resource Center’s various outreach efforts (e.g., exhibits and presentations at conferences, the website) as well as questionnaires and interviews completed by safety-net service providers and administrators across the United States whom represent a cadre of stakeholders who attended the five Resource Center Integration Institute trainings.