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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