Symposium to strengthen families and communities

By Sharon Crout

Image depicts IFNL logo.An international symposium to strengthen families and communities will be held March 30 – April 1 in Greenville. Hosted by Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life (IFNL), the symposium is open to social workers, health professionals, educators, researchers, students, and others. Register at

The theme is “Building Safe, Humane, and Responsive Communities for Children and Families” and celebrates the institute’s first decade of service.

“During its 10 years, IFNL has pioneered in making help available to families where they are, when they need it, in a form they can use with ease and without stigma,” said Gary Melton, institute director.

The symposium will focus on the experience of children and families in everyday life and in times of crisis. Participants will consider ways in which neighborhood institutions – schools, workplaces, parks, places of worship, health clinics, police and fire stations – can enhance social assistance to promote the well-being of children and families.


For more information: Sharon Crout, 864-250-4626,;