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About the MFOTY Program

Established in April of 1996, the Madison Family of the Year (MFOTY) program formed by the Mayor of the City of Madison, was setup to recognize the diversity and richness of family life in Madison. The program is led by a committee of volunteers in the Madison Community.

MFOTY recognizes those families in our community that maintains exceptional traits, support activities and programs which make the City of Madison a quality place to live. The City of Madison, Alabama is nationally recognized as one of the Top 10 Places to Grow Up in America. Our families and residents are the foundation of our community’s success.

The Madison Family of the Year is a family chosen through a nomination, application and scoring process that is recognized for their outstanding family.  The Family of the Year is selected in reference to their involvement in the community, values, and quality contributions of service.

The goal of the program is to recognize and support strong families in our community.    


Important Dates
  • Nominations can be submitted year round, but must be completed before July 21st to count towards the current year.
  • July 21st (11:59pm)  Deadline for Nominations:
  • August 5th (11:59pm)  Deadline for Applications
  • August 15th - 25th Scoring & Selection Process
  • September 1st - 6th Interview & Finalists Selected
  • September 21st MFOTY Awards Reception
  • September 22nd Announcement at City Council Meeting    
  • Note: Dates are tentative and have the possibility of change; watch this site for updates

Eligibility Criteria
  • The family selected must have been Madison residents for one full year (January-December) prior to application.
  • All direct family members must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens.
  • Elected City Officials are not eligible.
  • Immediate families of the Family of the Year Committee are not eligible.
  • A family consisting of a single parent household, a married couple, and/or a married couple with a child or children.
  • The family entity/couple must be legally married as recognized by Alabama law.
  • A single parent family must be a widow or widower, or legally divorced or legally separated as recognized by Alabama law.
  • No direct family member in household may be the subject of any criminal indictment or be delinquent in compliance with any outstanding civil action.
  • The family must complete the application with true and honest information in their writings on the form; possibly including but not limited to sharing information in reference the following: Community Involvement; Affiliations; Areas of Service including Military, Civic, Academic, Religious, Sports, Boards & Committees and other areas; Recognitions and Awards; Positions, Titles and Roles; Achievements and Accomplishments; Interests, Hobbies and Experiences; and Goals, Hopes & Dreams.
  • The selected family must be able to fulfill their obligations as the “Family of the Year” for the reigning year.

Obligations of the "Madison Family of the Year"
  • The Family of the Year approves that their individual and family pictures may be used for the “Family of the Year” advertisements and promotions.
  • The Family of the Year agrees to do their best to have the entire family representing the Madison Family of the Year at the following:
  • Madison Street Festival     
  • Madison Christmas Parade     
  • Madison Business Expo & Kids Day                 
  • Madison Events as requested by the Madison Family of the Year Committee
    • The Family of the Year will make themselves available for interviews by the media as conveniently scheduled with them.
    • The Madison Family of the Year agrees to the code of conduct as signed by the family prior to accepting the position of “Madison Family of the Year”
    • A member of the Family of the Year should consider serving on the Madison Family of the Year Committee for the year following reign.

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