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1733 W. 12600 S., #230, Riverton, UT 84065
Foundation for Family Life

About Foundation for Family Life

Promoting Healthy Family Life

FamilyThe Foundation For Family Life is a not-for-profit organization that began with a vision to promote positive behavioral programs and identify and then facilitate resources that will help strengthen family values, create a more nurturing family environment, and assist families who are struggling with the many challenges of life to gain the help they need to overcome those challenges and find a happier, more peaceful, and productive life.

The Foundation of Family Life is the vision of Dr Joseph White. He received his PhD from Texas Tech University in 1997. He has worked in the prevention science field for over a decade developing and evaluating programs related to adolescent development, parenthood (especially focused on fatherhood), and drug and alcohol prevention in collaboration with American Indians from Dakota/Lakota tribes.

Dr. White’s psychometric experience includes measures in use around the world. He has provided evaluation services and written academic and non-academic reports for a variety of programs including

  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s “Southwest Institute for Addictive Diseases” in the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Psychiatry (an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment program),
  • the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center’s “Academic Recovery and Enrichment” after-school program,
  • the USDA’s Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) programs,
  • North Dakota State University’s “Father Times” newsletter,
  • fatherhood programs from a variety of Head Start and Early Head Start organizations across the Midwest.

Dr. White’s work in the fatherhood field led to the publication of a co-edited book called Why Fathers Count: The Importance of Fathers and Their Involvement with Children. He has also conducted evaluation and assessments for the Native American Fatherhood and Family Association’s “Fatherhood Is Sacred” program.

Finally, Dr. White has generated more than a half million dollars in funding from private (e.g., Rotary International, Bush Foundation), local (e.g., Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation), state (e.g, the State of South Dakota, South Dakota’s Department of Education, South Dakota State University) and federal (e.g., National Science Foundation, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) organizations.

Utilizing the experience that he has gained from the research in his prior work, he has now created and developed a vision of a foundation that could continue to further his passionate work to enrich the lives of individuals and families, and give them the tools necessary to create a better family environment, and help families successfully navigate the trials and challenges faced in our chaotic world.

He is joined in this endeavor by others who share this passion and have contributed their own ideas and expertise in developing The Foundation For Family Life. Programs that will continue from Dr. White career long efforts.

"Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted."

— Paul Pearshall

1733 W. 12600 S., #230, Riverton, UT 84065    |    ph: (801) 679-3921