The essay develops the general issue of new styles of welfare policies with reference to the specific field of family policing. According to the author, we are witnessing today an increasing failure of the dominant model of family policy, which he calls the lib-lab configuration, based upon a compromise between liberties (guaranteed in the market) and social control (run by the state). This model meets new limits and shortcomings due to the lack of social subjectivity recognized to the family as such. The author claims that a new configuration of social policies is trying to emerge, which can be described and interpreted in terms of a relational change (in the light of his relational theory of society). Such a change aims at replacing the lib-lab socio-systemic engineering centered on the freedom-control link with a form of social integration which favours innovation through arrangements characterized by associationalism and welfare pluralism. These new styles are best suited to the increasing complexity of family policies, for the simple reason that they present the considerable advantage to promote more activism and social participation on the part of the family life-worlds.