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  • Family Fact of the Week: Churchgoers Smoke Less

    After all manner of campaigns against smoking, it turns out that civil society has some sway in the matter. A recent Gallup poll found that regular church attendees are three times less likely to pick up a cigarette. While the group that has the highest concentration of smokers—young, single men—is … More

    Is California Protecting Women?

    California Governor Jerry Brown (D) had an inconsistent week. On Monday, August 12, he signed a bill allowing boys to use girls’ restrooms in all California public schools. The next day, he vetoed a bill to legalize the selling and buying of human eggs (oocytes) for research. By signing the … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Teens Are Putting Off Sexual Activity

    A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that more teens are choosing to delay sexual activity. The median age for first sexual intercourse is approaching 18 years of age for those born in 1991. The median age for those born in 1978 was 17 years of age. Now, less … More

    The Truth About Breadwinner Moms

    In May, the Pew Forum published a new study on “Breadwinner Moms.” The subtitle made the message more explicit: “Mothers are the sole or primary provider in four-in-ten households with children; public conflicted about the growing trend.” The prevailing narrative in the mainstream media covering the study’s release was that … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Have Religious Liberty Every Day of the Week

    What days should Americans be able to live out their religious beliefs? Is religious liberty limited to church on Sunday or synagogue on Saturday? Or can deeply held beliefs influence the day-to-day lives of Americans? Regular religious observance can have a positive impact on adolescent behavior, teen academic achievement, and … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Majority of Americans Pray

    A new Pew Forum poll shows that 48 percent of Americans say a decline of religion is bad for American society. But do fewer Americans consider themselves faithful these days? Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who mark their religious preference as “none” has undoubtedly grown. Only … More

    Orphans Should Wait No More

    Today in the United States, there are 400,540 children in the foster care system. Approximately 104,236 of these are orphans waiting for adoptive families to call their own. Sixty-nine percent of children in foster care spend five or more years in the system. They spend their childhood circulating in and … More

    Family Fact: Fatherlessness in America

    Sixty percent of kids in Richmond, Virginia, are without a dad in the home, reports First Things First of Greater Richmond. First Things First works to help men become actively involved in their children’s lives in Richmond, Virginia, because, as the group explains, often “it’s the fathers that leave the … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family and Religious Practice

    Religious practice and the family are intricately intertwined, according to Mary Eberstadt, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Eberstadt studied the relationship between family and religious practice and describes their inter-dependence in her new book How the West Really Lost God. Eberstadt explains their relationship as “the … More

    Tornado Victims Get Help from Faith-Based Charities and Churches

    In the midst of the tragedy that ravaged Oklahoma earlier this week, there are also stories of Good Samaritans—particularly local churches and charities—that have displayed the best of the spirit and power of civil society to help those in need. “In the briefings today it was apparent there’s FEMA and … More