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    New Report: Majority of U.S. Teens Don’t Live in Intact Families

    The Index of Belonging and Rejection released this week from the Family Research Council (FRC) reveals a dismaying statistic about the state of American families: 55 percent of 15-to-17-year-olds in America do not live in intact families. Further, more than 40 percent of all children are born out of wedlock, … More

    Why Does Pop Culture Pretend Dads Don’t Exist?

    Where are the dads? Take the January issue of Washington Family magazine, which features a photo of a mother and daughter getting ready to ski (down Capitol Hill, perhaps?), and highlights three stories, all aimed at mothers. What’s missing, from the cover and the magazine as a whole, is fathers. … More

    New Study on High School Graduation Rates, Gender, and Parental Marriage

    Children living with married opposite-sex parents were more likely to graduate from high school than peers living with cohabiting, single, or same-sex parents, according to a new study in the Review of the Economics of Households. This finding is consistent with the decades of research on children’s educational outcomes and … More

    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

    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

    Chart of the Week: Marriage Guards Children Against Poverty

    As a Senator, Barack Obama was right—there are serious disadvantages to being raised without a father. “We know the statistics—that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools, and 20 … 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

    Members of Congress Speak Up for Fatherhood and Marriage

    This week, the celebration of Father’s Day provided Members of Congress an opportunity to speak up in support of fatherhood. Representative Vicky Hartzler (R–MO) led multiple Members in floor speeches on the importance and necessity of fathers. They particularly emphasized fatherhood in connection with marriage. Fatherhood in the context of … More

    Father’s Day and the Tie Dads Give

    Throughout the nation, stores stock up on ties for Father’s Day, but there’s one tie that money can’t buy: the bond that fathers establish with their children through their presence and involvement in their lives. Decades of research show that fathers make a difference in a range of measures of … More