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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

    Income Mobility Tied to Marriage

    Recent research from the Equality of Opportunity Project found that “the strongest predictors of upward mobility are measures of family structure such as the fraction of single parents in the area.” These findings add to the growing body of data on the link between marriage and success in life. Growing … More

    Dreaming of Equality of Opportunity, Not Outcome

    In the United States, dreams have a funny way of becoming reality. That’s what makes the American dream so powerful. It’s renewed, and usually achieved, in each new generation. It’s been more than 50 years now since Martin Luther King Jr. described his goal of equality of opportunity for all … 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: 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

    Breadwinner Mothers: The Rest of the Story

    A new Pew Research survey reveals that “[a] record 40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.” But who are the 40 percent? The majority—two-thirds—are single mothers. According to the report, the … More

    Morning Bell: Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage

    When someone says “minimum wage,” what comes to mind? Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids? While President Obama and other proponents of a higher minimum wage want you to visualize that single parent, the truth is that a burger-flipping teenager … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Celebrate Marriage’s Many Benefits This Valentine’s Day

    Married couples across the country will commemorate St. Valentine’s Day today by exchanging cards and flowers and raising a glass to love. But marriage also provides a host of social, economic, and even health benefits. As research on Heritage’s FamilyFacts.org demonstrates, married families tend to have better financial health, increased … More

    Marriage: The Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    The collapse of marriage, along with a dramatic rise in births to single women, is the most important cause of childhood poverty—but government policy doesn’t reflect that reality, according to a special report released today by The Heritage Foundation. Nearly three out of four poor families with children in America … More