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    More Single Moms Have Never Married

    Forty-four percent of single mothers have never been married. This is 11 times the percent of never-married single mothers in 1960. The Pew Research Center reports: In 1960, of all single mothers, more than eight-in-ten (82%) were divorced, separated or widowed. An additional 14% were married, but their spouses were … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents Contribute More Than School Supplies to Children’s Education

    As the days wane in late summer, so do parents’ bank accounts as they invest in school supplies for their children. In fact, reports show that this year, per-family expenditures to equip their young students has risen 10 percent since last year (second only to holiday spending), and when electronics … More

    Back to School: The Secret Costs Hiding in Your Child's Backpack

    It’s that time of year again, and back-to-school sales are in full swing. But before parents eagerly snap up every on-sale item, they might do well to consider this sobering fact: Almost everything they buy, from backpacks to lunchboxes to pencils, costs more because of tariffs. In 2012 alone, the … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Transforming Power of Fatherhood

    In their new book Gender and Parenthood, Brad Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline squarely face a current cultural trend that portrays the father as an optional family figure and heralds the concept of gender-neutral parenting. Gleaning the results from the latest research, the authors document the unique role that fathers … More

    How Are We Losing the War on Poverty?

    After trillions of dollars in welfare spending, “we’re losing the War on Poverty,” said Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) last week. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the famous “War on Poverty,” putting into place a multitude of government means-tested welfare programs and kicking off what has come to a … More

    Want to Rebuild Opportunity, Mr. President? Start with Welfare Reform

    In the kick-off to his most recent speaking tour, President Obama said the United States must “rebuild ladders of opportunity for all those Americans who haven’t quite made it yet.” But his economic policies have actually made it harder for many Americans to escape poverty and a welfare system that … 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

    Single Father Households on the Rise

    More single fathers are raising children than ever before, according to a recent Pew research survey. Since the 1960s, the number of households with children headed by single dads has increased ninefold and today is about 8 percent. The growing trend of single-father households is part of the overall growth … 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