Packed with the same insight and wisdom that Dr. Dobson has provided audiences for more than 30 years, “Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson” objectives are to help families and influence the culture — all of this is flowing out of a heart for spiritual transformation thru trust in Christ for every life. It’s the voice you trust … for the family you love!
More than 30 years ago, Dr. James C. Dobson, Ph.D., founded Focus on the Family as a non-profit organization, established to undergird Christian values for families in today’s world. What began as a radio program on a few stations in 1977 has grown to a network of more than 3000 facilities in North America (with thousands more in 160 countries worldwide) plus a daily commentary heard by more than 220 million people.
Undertaking a significant “recalibration” of ministry direction, Dr. Dobson began a transition out of leadership at Focus on the Family in 2003, which ultimately led to the conclusion of that long history with Focus as of February 2010. Confident, however, of God’s continued call on his life, Dr. Dobson continues to speak to families through his program, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, which launched in May 2010. In articulating the objectives for this new endeavor, Dr. Dobson has reiterated: We will be dealing with childrearing, marriage, a wide variety of family topics, and of course, cultural and political issues. Our country is facing desperate circumstances now, and the family needs all the help it can get. Thus, we are circling back to 1977, when I left [USC] to address the same concerns.
Dr. Dobson began his “family focus” as an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, serving for 17 years on the Attending Staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1967) in the field of child development.
With that platform of credentialed expertise, Dr. Dobson turned to writing; his first volume (Dare to Discipline) becoming a best-seller — as did those which followed including The Strong-Willed Child; Love Must Be Tough; Life on the Edge; Night Light for Parents and When God Doesn’t Make Sense. In April 2010, Bringing Up Girls (a much-anticipated companion to the popular Bringing Up Boys, 2002) will be released.
His first film series, Focus on the Family, has been seen by over 80 million people (and is currently undergoing re-release). Subsequent video series include Turn Your Heart Toward Home (1986) and Life on The Edge, designed to help late teens bridge the gap between adolescence and young adulthood, (1994). In 2002, an eleven-part series based on his best-selling book, Bringing Up Boys was released, and in 2005, he recorded the Focus on Your Child series which presents his time-honored childrearing principles to a new generation of parents.
Over the years, Dr. Dobson’s commitment has resulted in his being called upon for civic responsibilities related to the family. He served on the task force which summarized the White House Conference on Families and received a special commendation from President Jimmy Carter in 1980. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Commission to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1982-84. He was appointed to Attorney General Edwin Meese’s Commission on Pornography (1985-86) and served with the Attorney General’s Advisory Board on Missing and Exploited Children (1987). In December, 1994, Dr. Dobson was appointed by Senator Robert Dole to the Commission on Child and Family Welfare; and in October, 1996, he was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.
That public service, in addition to the tremendous constituency of Focus on the Family, has afforded Dr. Dobson invitation to speak into the culture through a variety of channels including the widely-viewed Larry King Show, appearances on Fox and other national network programming, as well as before audiences in live settings across the country.
His unswerving devotion to the family has been honored by many organizations including being chosen as Layman of the Year by the National Association of Evangelicals (1982) and as “The Children’s Friend” (1987) by CHILDHELP USA. He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from 17 universities including most recently Doctor of Divinity from Southern Evangelical Seminary (2008). A member of the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Dr. Dobson also accepted the award on behalf of Focus on the Family as the program was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame (Chicago 2008). In 2009, he was given the Ronald Reagan Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for National Policy, and the Home School Legal Defense Association Lifetime Achievement Beacon of Liberty Award.
Dr. Dobson is married to Shirley whose leadership on behalf of the National Day of Prayer has been a longtime commitment. The Dobsons have two grown children: Danae, an accomplished author and speaker in her own right, and Ryan who will participate in the new broadcast, in addition to hosting his own ministry Internet radio program called KorKast. Ryan and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of the Dobsons’ grandchild, Lincoln Cash.
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