There are numerous economic and social benefits associated with two-parent households that contribute to children's well-being. This brief outlines four strategies for increasing the percentage of children living with two parents.
The economic, emotional and social benefits of two-parent households to children.
How to encourage and support stable marriage and families.
What the economic barriers to marriage are and how to address them.
How to ensure that children are supported emotionally and financially by both parents.
In 2007, 22 million children—32% of all children in the US—were living with a single parent.
The rate of children living in single parent households has tripled since 1970.
In 2007, nearly 1/3 of single-parent families had incomes below the federal poverty line, compared to 6% of married families.