Inspiration. Support. Leadership. Experience. For more than 40 years, Dr. James Dobson has guided families on how to apply biblical principles to their lives. Now, the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute carries on the legacy of
Dr. Dobson’s ministry to equip and inspire a new generation of families to build their lives on God’s Word.
Our ministry is centered on biblical principles to guide our teaching, leadership, and service to families. We hold firm to the answers provided by God to answer life’s most difficult questions.
Our ministry is built on the foundation of holding firm to biblical principles, encouraging families with truth, and equipping leaders to inspire the next generation of Christian families.
For over 40 years, Dr. James Dobson’s ministries has been a safe haven for Christian families to receive inspiration, encouragement, and support as they build their lives on biblical principles.
The Christian Family is under attack every day. Families are inundated with confusing messages on issues ranging from abortion to transgender lifestyles. Where should families turn when they need answers grounded in the Bible?
The Dr. James Dobson Family Institute was established in 2017 as a comprehensive source of encouragement, inspiration, resources, knowledge, and leadership to help answer life’s most difficult questions and provide necessary tools to preserve families.
For over 40 years, Dr. James Dobson’s proven teachings and methodologies have given millions of families hope and solutions for a brighter future. Now families can benefit from Dr. Dobson’s time-tested materials through a diverse and transformational ministry experience. This is where Faith Guides Families.
- 1966Joins staff of Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
- 1967Earns PH.D. in child development from USC
- 1970Becomes faculty member at USC School of Medicine
- 1970Releases first book, Dare to Discipline
- 1977Launches Focus on the Family ministry
- 1979"Focus on the Family" film series is released
- 1980Receives special commendation from President Jimmy Carter
- 1982Appointed by President Reagan to National Advisory Committee for the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
- 1986"Turn Your Heart Toward Home" film series is released
- 1989Interviews convicted serial killer Ted Bundy 19 hours before Bundy's execution
- 1991Inducted into NRB Hall of Fame and receives NRB's "Golden Mic Award"
- 1996Appointed to the National Gambling Impact Study Committee
- 2004Option Ultrasound Program places first ultrasound machine in Clinton, Iowa
- 2006Launches Adoption and Orphan Care Institute
- 2010Starts new ministry: Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk
- 2015Launches the James Dobson Digital Library
- 2016Appointed to Presidential Evangelical Executive Advisory Board
- 2017Launches Dr. James Dobson Family Institute