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ERIC Number: ED561098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 75
Abstractor: ERIC
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Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies That Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities
Fremstad, Shawn; Boteach, Melissa
Center for American Progress
Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children. However, reality is much more complex. Relatively few children currently live in families with married parents in which only the father is employed. In fact, more than half of U.S. children today will spend at least part of their childhoods not living with two biological parents. As argued in this report, a clear-eyed approach that better aligns family policy with the lived experience of 21st century families could provide the necessary supports to improve American family life. In reviewing the extensive research that has been done on families today, this report offers a new framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and highlights some key economic and social policies that would strengthen family commitments and reduce family disparities. The report is presented in five parts: trends and changes; the three S's of family; class gaps, factors driving class gaps, and policy recommendations that would update family policy in ways that make it more likely that all of our families are stable, healthy, and strong. This report also highlights the need to reform the United States' immigration and criminal justice systems to avoid separating families unnecessarily.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress