The Association of Binational Families and Partnerships iaf e.V. is, since 1972, the contact partner for the concerns of couples and families, who live a binational/bicultural everyday life. In the years of its existence it has developed from “the interests of the community of women who are married to foreigners” to an intercultural family union that is working as a non profit organization in 25 cities in Germany. In the mean time in Germany, every seventh marriage is a binational connection.
The alliance campaigns for the social and legal equality of treatment of people, irrespective of their skin colour and cultural origin, and advises women and men in all questions pertaining to a binational relationship. The alliance gives advise pertaining in particular to legal questions (marriage, leading a family together, child immigration, citizenship etc) , with conflicts within partnerships and child custody problems (crisis, separation/divorce, supervised contact, removal of children), and regarding questions on intercultural relationships (speech therapy in pre school area, multilingualism, intercultural play materials, prejudice free upbringing). In their educational offers, multilingual upbringing, working together with parents from intercultural ways of life, handling of discrimination and racism, questions pertaining to interreligious partnerships as well as the qualifications for a citizenship engagement are at the forefront.