The Service and Research Institute on Family and Children, better known by its acronym SERFAC, is an autonomous, India-based, international Non-Governmental Organization. SERFAC is a Registered Society in the State of Tamil Nadu, India. Inaugurated in November 1986, SERFAC obtained Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of The United Nations in 1998.
SERFAC also functions as a Global Research Centre on Family and Child Policy.
SERFAC is one of the few organizations worldwide that focuses on the web of interrelatedness between human development, socio-economic, political and technological institutions, democratic systems and effective governance. This is of particular relevance in present social scenarios which are embedded in the global phenomenon called globalization. More >>
Revitalizing the fabric of humanity by fostering stable marriages and healthy family life, thereby empowering these twin institutions of marriage and family to exercise their transforming role in a rapidly globalizing and technologically dominated world order
In effect SERFAC touches the core of human issues and concerns. It does so with the realization that human development is a fundamental human right and is not limited to economic growth vs. the elimination of poverty. SERFAC contributes important ingredients to human rights by creating systems that bridge the gaps between gender, religious affiliations, social status and human development. Realizing that the challenge today for most leadership groups is the need for clean governance, SERFAC leaves no stone unturned to incorporate ingredients essential for minimizing corruption, taking into account the views of all peoples, especially minorities, ensuring that the voices of the poor and most vulnerable of society are heard in all decision-making processes. By doing so, elected representatives become responsive to present and future needs of society.
SERFAC's proactive approaches are long-lasting and effective because they deal with the source of problems and not merely their periphery. SERFAC's clientele are multi-sectorial. Its Millennium Development Projects focus on rural families and families living in poverty. Its remedial interventions are through its guidance and counseling programs. On global, regional and national scales, SERFAC offers platforms and opportunities for grass root activists and leadership groups to meet on common ground, share and learn from one another about what ails society and what to do about it individually and collectively.
SERFAC's message and image as a pioneering organization on Family and related social issues have spread in India, Asia and in several countries of the world. It has also gained recognition among professional circles for revitalizing the fabric of society through its family-centric approach, which is indeed an innovative way of understanding problems and working towards solutions from its identifiable sources.
SERFAC is a social revitalizer, catalyst and transformer.