"As a community of clinicians, researchers,
and educators, we reaffirm our commitment
to actively seeking out opportunities to expose
and disrupt the machinations of white
supremacist ideology in all its forms;
structural, institutional and interpersonal.
AFTA holds the unequivocal truth that Black
lives matter."

“The American Family Therapy Academy applauds the landmark decision recently made by our Supreme Court to affirm the civil rights of gay and transgender people. In doing so, the highest Court responded to the courage, resilience and tenacity of L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ activists and advocates, their allies and families, and queer and trans affirming organizations that have been working to protect the L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ community from the ongoing assaults of transphobia, heteronormativity, and the vicious contempt of the current administration. This ruling marks an important advent. And it is not enough.”

“The Supreme Court denied the White House’s request
to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) program, protecting the renewable permits that
enable Dreamers to remain, study and work in the
country in which they have long been building their lives.
In this decision, the Supreme Court moved to recognize
the dignity and humanity of Dreamers, their families and
communities that have been enduring and combating the
seemingly boundless brutality of our Executive Branch.
This ruling marks an important advent. And it is not
enough.”

“The rise of expressed anti-Semitism in the United States must be condemned, rather than fomented, by those holding positions of political, economic and social power. As individuals, as an organization, and as a nation we must speak up in solidarity with Jews in the U.S. to challenge injustice. We must harness hope and engage respect for one group with the knowledge that to do so will foster support of others targeted by hate.”

“We believe that the climate emergency calls
for bold peaceful actions that are in tune with
our social justice mission and the
strengthening of communities that sustain
healthy families. The climate crisis impacts
individuals, families, and communities, in
ways that worsen inequity. Our commitment
to an ecosystemic practice is historically at
the core of AFTA values.”

Position Statements

AFTA Opposes Ending Temporary Protected Status

AFTA is opposed to the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) previously granted to more than 300,000 Central Americans who have made the United States their home over several decades. This decision will surely result in the trauma...

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AFTA Denounces Hatred and Bigotry

For the last 40 years, the membership of AFTA has served to support the well being of families and communities - challenging the dehumanizing practices, policies, and underlying ideologies that perpetuate harm. Today, we mourn not only the death, injury and suffering...

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AFTA’s Support for Transgender Persons

The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) stands with transgender individuals and their families and in opposition to Texas Senate Bill 3. Texas Senate Bill 3 denies transgender individuals access to bathrooms that match their gender identity in public and charter...

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Statement on the Orlando Tragedy

We, the members of the American Family Therapy Academy, express our profound sorrow for the violence at the Pulse Orlando Nightclub & Ultra Lounge, which left 49 people dead and 53 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. History (Why the Orlando Shooting...

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Black Lives Matter

We, as members of the American Family Therapy Academy, must be vigilant and mindful of the racist air we breathe and of the residual racism in the far reaches of our unconscious. Racism is the common denominator of many of the injustices in our society.

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The Deleterious Impact of U.S. Immigration Policy on Families

We, the American Family Therapy Academy, are alarmed by the impact of United States immigration policy and enforcement. We believe that as a society we all suffer the social, emotional, and psychological costs of the dehumanization of our immigrant population....

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Position Paper on Same-Sex Marriage

The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), a nonprofit organization of leaders in the field of family therapy, strongly supports the right to same-sex civil marriage, and for same-sex spouses and any children of those spouses to have full access to all of the legal...

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