The Knee Center believes that families are the backbone of strong communities. The family unit, in various forms, has been the foundation for communities throughout history. Legislation, program development, and services should reflect this reality. The Center's mission supports the belief that the strength of families determines the strength of the community.
The Knee Center for Strong Families was founded in 2009 through a bequest of Ruth Irelan Knee. Ruth Knee was an alumna of the University of Oklahoma School of Social Work and a pioneer in the advancement of social work as a profession. Based on her principles of social action and civic engagement, the Knee Center devotes its work to building theory, knowledge, practice, and education for the development of strong families in their diverse forms.