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The IFHE-US serves as the coordinating pivot for all US individual and organizational members of IFHE, including the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and others, to promote the mission and work of IFHE.

In the 1996 at the IFHE Council and Congress in Bangkok, changes to constitution and by-laws were approved allowing changes in the over all structure. These changes gave additional emphasis to programming in the five IFHE regions and provided the number of votes per country giving representation to individual members for the first time. These changes required the formation of the US structure committee resulting in the IFHE-US organization being the representative of the US members of IFHE.

IFHE-US began in a structure meeting at Lake Jackson, Florida in January 1996 and the formal creation of IFHE-US was with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with AAFCS effective in 1999. This was followed by the formal closing of the AAFCS/IFHE Liaison Committee in June 2000.