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.

July 1, 2009

KIDS COUNT Data Book Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The economic, emotional and social benefits of two-parent households to children.

  2. 2

    How to encourage and support stable marriage and families.

  3. 3

    What the economic barriers to marriage are and how to address them.

  4. 4

    How to ensure that children are supported emotionally and financially by both parents.

Key Takeaway

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

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