Recent Posts

Social Trust and the Heroin Epidemic

Since I first moved to southwestern Ohio five years ago, the heroin epidemic has gotten worse. As the Washington Post reported last week, some counties in Ohio have had to resort to temporary “mobile morgues” due to the high number of overdose-related deaths. In my working-class town, it is hard to miss the daily signs of this epidemic. There are the sirens, the police cars, the billboards soliciting information about dealers, and the “Go Fund Me” pages shared on Facebook to raise money for funeral expenses. There are the people who walk the streets “looking like death” as my neighbor put it—their bodies gaunt and ghost-like, hollowed out. Recently, I found a needle in the street close to where I park our family minivan. Read More

Search the Blog

By Author
Load More Posts +

Join the IFS Mailing List

Sign up for our mailing list to receive ongoing updates from IFS.


Interested in learning more about the work of the Institute for Family Studies? Please feel free to contact us by using your preferred method detailed below.

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1502
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, contact Rich Brake (

We encourage members of the media interested in learning more about the people and projects behind the work of the Institute for Family Studies to get started by perusing our "Media Kit" materials.

Media Kit


Thanks for your interest in supporting the work of The Institute for Family Studies. Please mail support checks to the address below:

The Institute for Family Studies
P.O. Box 1502
Charlottesville, VA 22902

If you would like to donate online, please click the button below to be taken to our donation form:



The Institute for Family Studies is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation will be tax-deductible.