National System for Integral Family Development
The National System for Integral Family Development (Spanish: Sistema Nacional para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia; SNDIF or just DIF) is a Mexican public institution of social assistance that focuses on strengthening and developing the welfare of the Mexican families. The institution was founded in 1977 by Carmen Romano, wife of Mexican president José López Portillo and First Lady of Mexico.
The National Director of DIF reports directly to the President of Mexico and the role has traditionally been held by the First Lady, though this link was broken in 2000 when president Vincente Fox, who was unmarried, appointed Ana Teresa Aranda to the post. Local chapters of the DIF report to municipal presidents and governors.
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