Founded in 1985, the Family Foundation moved headquarters from Northern Virginia to Richmond in 1997. Affiliated with Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, but funded entirely by donations, the Family Foundation is most well-known for its stance against abortion and same-sex marriage.
While those working for the Family Foundation are white from a middle class background, the organization is in the process of extending its outreach to the African-American community. The Family Foundation’s main work is lobbying the General Assembly, gathering public opinion on the main issues on which they advocate, and identifying legislators who support their causes. In addition to opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, the Family Foundation supports state funding of internet filters in public libraries to limit the accessibility of pornography, the elimination of state funding for embryonic stem-cell research, the preservation of a definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, more stringent requirements for divorce, and the protection of religious freedom.
The Family Foundation operates on the premise that the welfare of society is dependent upon family values. From their perspective this means that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, parents rather than the state should make decisions for children, and there must be freedom of expression of religious beliefs that support these values. The Family Foundation asserts that pornography, which it terms obscene, is not protected under the constitution as free speech and that same-sex marriage and abortion threaten the health of society.
The Family Foundation
One Capitol Square
830 East Main Street
Richmond , VA
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