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Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships

Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships

Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships

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Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships
The Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships (AFAM) was formed in August 2021 to galvanise the whole of society in partnership with families, community, corporations and ground-up initiatives, to support families at different life stages who face different issues.

The AFAM is led by Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Sun Xueling, and starts off with six focal areas (FA):



We welcome like-minded individuals and community organisations to work with us to co-create and implement solutions to strengthen marriages and families, laying the foundation for a resilient nation. If you are interested, write to us at MSF_AFA@msf.gov.sg.


 



Focal Area 1: 'FAM Connections'

Focal Area 1 'FAM Connections' focuses on outreach efforts to families through and with Community Partners. This includes:
  1. Raising awareness and expanding effectiveness through outreach programmes that support marriages and families, by partnering grassroots, corporates, community organisations and individuals.

 

Mr Ishak Ismail is married with two children and has been with the Families for Life (FFL) Council since 1 Aug 2015. He was appointed Chairman of Families for Life Council from 1 Feb 2020. Mr Ishak volunteers to reach out to families under the Advisory Council for Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD).


 



Useful Websites
For more tips and resources for families and parents, visit:
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Focal Area 2: Support for Young Couples

Focal Area 2 'Support for Young Couples' focuses on supporting soon-to-wed couples and newlyweds through:
  1. Raising awareness and adoption of MSF’s marriage preparation and enrichment programmes.
  2. Engaging couples on intimate topics like fertility health.

 

Ms Lynn Er is a mother of two young kids. She sits on the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) Board as the Honorary Treasurer. Ms Lynn Er is also the former Chairperson and Advisor of the Young Women’s Leadership Connection (YWLC). The group’s vision is to empower young women in Singapore to drive positive impact within their communities and to be the women leaders of tomorrow.


 



Useful Websites

For more tips and resources for newlyweds and soon-to-wed couples, visit:
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Focal Area 3: Parenting Together

Focal Area 3 'Parenting Together' focuses on supporting parents through:
  1. Identifying key trends and challenges faced in parent-child and grandparent-grandchild relationships
  2. Shaping parenting values to prioritise the social and emotional well-being of children through sharing sessions by experts
  3. Raising parental awareness of the availability of evidence-based parenting programmes and community resources

 

Dr Mathew Mathews is married with three sons and currently serves on the Families for Life Council, National Council of Social Service (NCSS) Voluntary Capability Fund Panel. He sits on the boards of One People.sg and National Volunteer and Philanthropic Centre (NVPC) actively participates in over a dozen family-related research projects. Dr Mathews hopes to identify existing gaps and areas for enhancement in support for parents with children across all ages and to re-orientate public views about parenting that prioritise the social and emotional well-being of children.


 



For more tips and resources on parenting, visit:
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Focal Area 4: Support for Single Parents

Focal Area 4 ‘Support for Single Parents’ focuses on supporting single-parent families to care for their children and raise their families by:
  1. Partnering the community and supporting ground-up initiatives to enable single parents to work, care for and raise their families
  2. Reviewing gaps in current social support services for single parents and strengthening the support rendered

 

Ms Susan Ng is an active community volunteer and a member of MOE’s COMPASS Advisory Council (COMmunity and PArents in Support of Schools), a District Councillor with the Central Singapore CDC, and part of IMDA’s Media Literacy Council and the Singapore Kindness Movement Council. Professionally, Ms Susan Ng is a media veteran with over 40 years of broadcasting experience. She produces and presents programmes covering an array of topics, from family and parenting matters to social and community issues. She also received numerous awards for her social contributions, including the Public Service Medal (PBM) (2020), Friend of MSF Award (2019) and the inaugural Community Chest Enabler Award (2018) in recognition of 33 years of voluntary service.


 

With more than 25 years of experience working in both the public and medical fields of social work, Dr Vincent Ng bears an extensive knowledge and expertise in social service, which drives his passion to create a better future for the disadvantaged. As CEO of AMKFSC Community Services, Dr Ng has transformed the organisation into a multi-service agency that enhances and enriches the lives of children, youths, families and seniors in need through a holistic range of services across multiple touchpoints in Singapore. Dr Ng also contributes his insights as a social work leader by serving on various boards and committees.


 




Useful Websites

For more information on marriage and divorce support programs for couples and families, visit:

Resource website for single parents:

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Focal Area 5: Support for Families with Early Risks

Focal Area 5 ‘Support for Families with Early Risks’ focuses on building capability and strengths in the community, supporting and uplifting marriages and families facing greater challenges by:
  1. Collaborating with stakeholders and engaging the community to strengthen support for families showing early signs of stress
  2. Increasing awareness on building healthy and respectful relationships
  3. Providing support for families going through challenging life transitions (e.g. incarceration) and/or with strained relationships (e.g. family violence)

 

Ms Hazlina Abdul Halim serves as President of the Singapore Muslim Women’s Association (PPIS), an organisation dedicated to inspiring women and strengthening families. PPIS plays an important role in supporting families with early risks. PPIS runs 16 centres for women, families, and children - including nine early childhood education and student care centres, two Family Service Centres, a Divorce Support Specialist Agency, a fostering agency, centres for young marriages and stepfamilies, as well as a halfway house for women in the pipeline. Ms Hazlina also serves as a Director at the Singapore Business Federation Foundation as well as Yayasan MENDAKI and several other national committees.

 

For more information on marriage and divorce support programmes for couples and families, visit:
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FA6: Faith and Families

Religious organisations are key stakeholders in strengthening marriages and families in Singapore. FA6 aims to organise cross sharing of experiences by religious organisations on their efforts to strengthen marriages and families.
To participate in the sharing sessions, religious organisations can register their interest here.



 


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Media Releases and Speeches

4 Aug 2021
Launch Of Alliance For Action To Strengthen Marriages And Family Relationships
Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development


7 Jan 2022
Review Of The Maintenance Of Parents Act
Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development


8 Nov 2021
Speech By Minister Masagos Zulkifli At The 7th Engagement Hearts and Minds Seminar 2021
Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

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AFAM in the Media


4 Apr 2022
Warna 94.2fm #TamuWarnaVista bersama Ustaz Ahmad Khushairi
Source: Warna 942 Facebook


1 Apr 2022
Govt's support for family extends to unwed parents and their children: Sun Xueling
Source: The Straits Times Facebook


1 Apr 2022
Pregnant and unwed at 19, her parents kicked her out after she refused abortion
Source: The Straits Times Facebook


31 Mar 2022
MSF Features - Champion of FA3 Parenting Together: Dr Mathew Mathews (Facebook)
Source: MSF Facebook


31 Mar 2022
MSF Features - Champion of FA3 Parenting Together: Dr Mathew Mathews (LinkedIn)
Source: MSF LinkedIn


21 Mar 2022
This Mama Lived with Her In-laws for 10 Years: Here are Her Top Tips
Source: Sassymamasg


20 Mar 2021
காலம் முழுவதும் உறவைக் கற்றுக்கொள்வதில் இனிமை
Source: Tamil Murasu


20 Mar 2021
எந்த முடிவையும் எதிர்கொள்வதில் ஒற்றுமை
Source: Tamil Murasu


19 Mar 2022
Pregnant at 19 & kicked out of house, S’porean single mum defends choice to keep pregnancy & raise baby.
Source: Mothership.SG


18 Mar 2022
3 Things To Ask Yourself During A Rough Patch In Your Marriage
Source: HerWorld


18 Mar 2022
Interview – Challenges Faced By A Single Parent
Source: ByKidO


18 Mar 2022
Minister-of-State Sun Xueling’s Facebook Post on the Alliance for Action to Strengthen Marriages and Family Relationships and the Maintenance of Parents Act
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook


12 Mar 2022
Minister-of-State Sun Xueling's Facebook Post on Family Trees
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook


12 Mar 2022
CNA938 Family Ties: Support for Single Parents, featuring FA4 Member Ms Saradha Ramachandran and Mdm Kakali Basak
Source: CNA938 Facebook


11 Mar 2022
2022 to be the Year of Celebrating S’pore Families
Source: The Straits Times


11 Mar 2022
今年定为欢庆新加坡家庭年
Source: Zaobao

5 Mar 2022
S’porean father single-handedly raised 4 kids after ex-wife walked out 12 years ago. Here’s how.
Source: Mothership.SG


28 Feb 2022
How to be a Boss Mum: Nichol Ng Shares Her Journey as a Mum of Four and a Successful CEO
Source: theAsianparent


26 Feb 2022
Minister-of-State Sun Xueling’s Visit to Raffles Fertility Centre
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook


24 Feb 2022
Getting Baby- Ready: Health and Fertility - Facebook Live Session by Minister-of-State Sun Xueling, Ms Yvon Bock and Dr Peter Chew
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook


17 Feb 2022
Dr Edmund Wong and Mdm Chang Mun Lan Facebook Live Session
Source: Families for Life Facebook


18 Feb 2022
Shunned by family, S'porean single mum beat the odds, working while pregnant to pay rent
Source: Mothership.SG


12 Feb 2022
A Chat With Dr Mathew Mathews From Families For Life About Strengthening Marriages & Family Relationships
Source: Little Day Out


5 Feb 2022
Once Afraid To Be Labelled ‘Promiscuous’ With ‘Loose Morals’, S’porean Single Mum Finds Community Who Showers Her With Love
Source: Mothership.SG


28 Jan 2022
Minister Of State Sun Xueling’s Facebook Post On Straits Times Forum Letters
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook


24 Jan 2022
Meet The Marriage Mentors – Solemnisers Who Journey With Newlyweds In New Initiative
Source: The Straits Times


24 Jan 2022
Meet The Marriage Mentors – Solemnisers Who Journey With Newlyweds In New Initiative
Source: The New Paper


22 Jan 2022
Despite Abuse, Miscarriage & Kidney Failure, S’porean Single Mum Pushes On For Young Daughter
Source: Motheship.SG


20 Jan 2022
8 Expert Strategies To Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem And Give Them Confidence In Life
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook


10 Jan 2022
Warna94.2FM Radio Interview With GWJC 2021 Couple Encik Pasuni And Mdm Siti
Source: Warna94.2FM Facebook


8 Jan 2022
Kumpulan Kerja Dibentuk, Sokong Keperluan Warga Emas
Source: Berita Harian


8 Jan 2022
九议员成立小组再检讨进一步完善赡养父母法
Source: Zaobao 早报


24 Jan 2022
Work Group To Review Maintenance Of Parents Act To Further Strengthen It
Source: The Straits Times


22 Jan 2022
Maintenance Of Parents Act To Be Reviewed To Better Meet Needs Of The Elderly
Source: CNA


28 Jan 2022
Workgroup Set Up To Review Law On Maintenance Of Parents
Source: TODAY


7 Jan 2022
政府成立工作小组针对《赡养父母法令》进行检讨
Source: 8World


27 Dec 2021
Warna94.2FM Radio Interview With FA4 Member, Ms Nur Hilyah And HIS Profile, Mdm Hazirah
Source: Warna94.2FM Facebook


24 Jan 2022
Warna94.2FM Radio Interview With FA2 Member, Mr Ustaz Ahmad Kushairi
Source: Warna94.2FM Facebook


7 Dec 2021
[958下班大沙发] 加强婚姻及家庭关系行动联盟如何支持家庭与夫妇,应对育儿挑战
Source: CAPITAL95.8 Facebook


30 Nov 2021
[958下班大沙发] 加强婚姻及家庭关系行动联盟如何帮助单亲家庭?离异父母如何树立正确的育儿观?
Source: CAPITAL95.8 Facebook


29 Nov 2021
Warna94.2FM Radio Interview With FA3 Member, Ms Sharon Ismail
Source: Warna94.2FM Facebook


25 Nov 2021
Understanding Singaporean Youths’ Parenthood Goals
Source: TODAY


23 Nov 2021
[958下班大沙发] 新婚夫妇如何开启稳定的婚姻生活 让婚姻关系长青?
Source: CAPITAL95.8 Facebook


7 Nov 2021
How To Journey With Your Child Through His Mental Health Condition
Source: The Straits Times


2 Nov 2021
96.3好FM #娜些人娜些事 Radio Interview With FA2 Champion, Ms Lynn Er And Golden Jubilee Couples
Source: 96.3 HAO FM Facebook


17 Oct 2021
Singaporean Marriage Solemniser Joanna Portilla: It’s In My Blood. I Love To Help Others
Source: The Straits Times


17 Oct 2021
He Solemnises 500 To 600 Singapore Marriages A Year, And It’s Not Even A Paid Job
Source: The Straits Times


10 Oct 2021
Minister Of State Sun Xueling’s Facebook Post On Project Green Ribbon’s Inaugural Mental Health Human Library On World Mental Health Day
Source: Sun Xueling Facebook

Upcoming Events

  • Stay tuned for the latest and upcoming live media opportunities and events featuring focal areas 1 – 6.

Contact Us

For enquiries, please contact us at MSF_AfA@msf.gov.sg.