KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief: Increasing the Percentage of Children Living in Two-Parent Families

Posted July 1, 2009
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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AECF KC Two Parent Families 2009


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.

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Understanding And Promoting The Benefits Of Two-Parent Families Can Benefit Children

Reversing the trend of raising children in single-parent families, specifically among disadvantaged and minority families, can provide the economic, social and emotional support children need to thrive. Four broad strategies are recommended for meeting this challenge:

  • Use research linking economic stability and family stabilty to guide policymaking
  • Encourage and support stable marriages and families
  • Ensure that both parents are providing financial and emotional support to children
  • Support research on the impact of family structure on children's well-being