Position Statements

AFTA’s Position Gun Violence

In December, 2012, a young man armed with an assault rifle walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and fatally shot 20 young children, six adults, and himself. In June of 2015, 9 African Americans were shot to death by a white supremacist...

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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 was so...

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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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