About the Forum for Progressive Family Policy (ZFF)

The Forum for Progressive Family Policy (ZFF) was established in October 2002 by the German Worker’s Welfare Association (AWO). Together with our 60 member organisations, we are pushing for family policy that appreciates diversity, supports families in every shape and form, and understands variety as an opportunity. Our understanding of family is broad: To us, family is where people agree to take responsibility for each-other, care for each-other, and devote themselves to each-other. We lend our voices for a just and democratic policy of family-diversity in Germany. To achieve this, we are working closely with other associations, organisations, and support-groups. The Forum for Progressive Family Policy’s efforts target the three main fields of family policy – time, money, and infrastructure. Our main focus, however, is reducing child poverty and improving time policy. Our goals

It is our goal to improve the framework conditions for families in a sustainable matter. We see family policy both as its own policy field and as an overarching theme that touches upon many other policy fields. Family policy has to live up to democratic and social values and should respond to the needs of all population groups and of every kind of family.

Our members

Membership has been growing steadily since 2002. Members benefit from the Forum’s representation their interests vis-à-vis the German Federal Government, and from the provision of tangible support, e.g. in joint realisation of events.

The spectrum of our membership is vast. We are pleased to have several branches of the German Worker’s Welfare Association, organisations and associations, initiatives and support-groups, individuals, companies, municipalities, and other public corporate entities among us.

Our structure

The Forum for Progressive Family Policy is an independent non-profit-association.

The member-assembly, the highest executive body, convenes at least once every two years. It takes decisions on policy, elects the executive board, and examines the Forum’s finances. Representatives of member associations, or organisations respectively, as well as all members of the executive board are eligible to vote.

The executive board consists of the chair, two vice-chairs, and at least two more members. Decisions are reached with a simple majority.

The Forum for Progressive Family Policy has an office in Berlin which supports the members and the executive board.

Übersetzt von: Christian Lüdde