- The Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative (ACHMI) is a a partnership among the Center for Children, Youth, and Families in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Auburn University, the Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention/The Children's Trust Fund, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, a consortium of other state agencies, and a growing network of public, non-profit, and faith-based community organizations focused on supporting healthy, stable relationships and marriages in Alabama.
- Alabama has a persistent history of high levels of marital and family instability. One indicator is our ranking in the Top 5 or Top 10 for highest divorce rate in the nation for the past 63 years.
- In the fall of 2006, a 5-year award was received through a competitive grants program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Family Assistance to expand the work of the Initiative.
- The goal is to broaden outreach and promote access for our citizens to research-based information on skills and knowledge associated with healthy relationships/marriages and to effect positive changes in people’s lives - in their homes, in their workplaces, and in their communities.
- The grant aims to strengthen family bonds by raising public awareness of the importance of healthy marriages for child, family and community well being; increasing direct access to healthy marriage resources through on-line means and by training and equipping an increasing number of community members and professionals in methods of best practices for providing educational programs for youth, non-married parents, premarital couples and married couples in their communities.
“Healthy family relationships and stable marriages foster a safe, nurturing environment for children and ultimately serve as the foundation for a stable and economically vibrant society,” Dean June Henton, The College of Human Sciences, AU.
For more information regarding ACHMI, please visit our website at www.alabamamarriage.org
Fact sheet courtesy of 2007 Healthy Marriages, Healthy Families, and Responsible Fatherhood State Conference program