Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Family Research Council
Herbert L. Steffy
The Family Research Council (FRC) is one of this nation's largest and most influential social policy organizations. It often dissents from current trends in educational policy and practice. For example, FRC encourages an educational curriculum that promotes the traditional two-parent family, sexual abstinence until marriage, and shielding children from what it believes are efforts to legitimize homosexuality. Depending on one's perspective, FRC can therefore be viewed as a “prominent religious-conservative group,” an “influential think tank and lobbying group,” or a “radical right-wing organization.” Founded in 1983, FRC is an off-shoot of the nonprofit family service organization and radio program, Focus on the Family , founded by James Dobson. James Dobson served as an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and on the Attending Staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has earned ...