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Center for Family and Ch​ild Studies (CFCS)

Who We Are
The Center for Family and Child Studies is the first such entity in the UAE that deals exclusively with family and child issues. It aims to enhance family cohesiveness, the quality of marriage relations, and child socialization, while enabling family members to better deal with family problems and attempting to reduce the rate of divorce. It is our goal to improve the mental health and social wellbeing of all families based on the findings and recommendations of research conducted jointly by members from the University of Sharjah and the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in the Emirate of Sharjah.

  • The main objective of the Center for Family and Child Studies is to align the efforts of the University of Sharjah and local family and child organisations in the Emirate of Sharjah to implement a clear and well-defined strategy for conducting regular, longitudinal, and follow-up studies on all matters related to family and children. In addition, it attempts to prioritize research projects that would inform decision makers on the most appropriate practices in family intervention, care, and protection.
  • The center is specifically concerned with multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies in such varied fields as social work, education, sociology, law, health sciences, Sharia, fine arts, business, communication, and psychology and applying the findings of these studies to new policies and practices. This approach would yield robust scientific research that would serve the local community; an achievable goal as the University boasts a large number of expert researchers, while the Supreme Council for Family Affairs has direct access to all the relevant cases and data.

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