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Focus on the Family Fact Sheet

Focus on the Family was founded in 1977.

The world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and defending families worldwide, Focus on the Family was founded in 1977 in Arcadia, Calif. by family psychologist Dr. James C. Dobson. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., Focus on the Family is led by President and CEO Jim Daly and employs a staff of 1,300 people in the United States—including licensed family psychologists and counselors—as well as staff employed by partner offices around the globe.

Focus on the Family has a long tradition of using radio as a means to help families. Today, Focus on the Family-produced broadcasts have a combined reach of more than 220 million listeners daily in 155 countries.

Through innovative programs including How to Drug Proof Your Kids®, Focus on Your Child (a collection of parenting resources) and Plugged In Online (family-friendly entertainment reviews), Focus on the Family provides parents with tools and information to navigate the often rough waters encountered while raising a family. The organization also reaches out to children, teens, young adults and seniors with age-and-stage-appropriate resources based on sound psychological and biblical principles.

“Our U.S.-based counselors, psychologists, pastors and volunteers handle more than 10,000 questions each day by mail, phone and email, on issues ranging from adoption to alcoholism, sibling rivalry to single parenting, leaving the nest to empty nest,” Fpcus on the Family Jim Daly said. “We’re here to offer support and serve as a practical resource for every stage of family life.” 

During its 30-year history, Focus on the Family has provided tools, tips and tactics around a breadth of issues:

  1. Effective communication between spouses
  2. Potty-training children
  3. Dealing with the loss of a spouse—through death or divorce
  4. Disciplining children
  5. Coping with depression
  6. Choosing a vocation
  7. Preparing for retirement

The organization’s flagship radio show is the Focus on the Family daily broadcast, a 30-minute program heard on more than 1,000 stations across the United States by millions of listeners weekly. The program is one of the largest and most respected resources for practical, emotional and spiritual support for families in the world. Focus on the Family also produces internationally-syndicated radio programs heard in 27 languages on thousands of radio outlets around the world.  

Committed to effectively, efficiently and immediately meeting families’ needs, Focus on the Family provides Websites, podcasts,blogs, magazines, television features,small group curriculum and more.

MEDIA NOTE: Visit www.focusonthefamily.com/about_us/news_room.aspx for media materials, including high-resolution downloadable photos and graphics. To interview experts on family issues or Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, contact Gary Schneeberger at (719) 548-5853 / (719) 433-1989 (cell) or Lisa Anderson at (719) 548-5883 / (719) 661-3900.