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World Congress of Families

The World Congress of Families (WCF) affirms and defends the natural family as the fundamental unit of civilizations, thus renewing a stable and free society.  The WCF is a practical effort to lead the international pro-family movement and build greater understanding and encourage new networks and initiatives among natural family advocates at the national and international levels.
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The Natural Family

The natural family is the fundamental social unit, inscribed in human nature, and centered around the voluntary union of a man and a woman in a lifelong covenant of marriage, for the purposes of:

  • satisfying the longings of the human heart to give and receive love;
  • welcoming and ensuring the full physical and emotional development of children;
  • sharing a home that serves as the center for social, educational, economic, and spiritual life;
  • building strong bonds among the generations to pass on a way of life that has transcendent meaning;
  • extending a hand of compassion to individuals and households whose circumstances fall short of these ideals.

The World Congress of Families

The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, leaders and people of goodwill from more than 80 countries that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seedbed’ of civil society (as found in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948).

The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson and is a project of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois (

To date, there have been seven World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999), Mexico City (2004), Warsaw (2007), Amsterdam (2009), Madrid (2012) and Sydney (2013).  World Congress of Families VIII, "Every Child A Gift: Large Families - The Future of Humanity was planned for Moscow, Russia from September 10-12, 2014 in the Kremlin, the Duma, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Christ The Savior Cathedral. WCF VIII Moscow was cancelled. WCF IX will be held on October 27-30, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

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