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Family Formation and Family Structure

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 1970 and 2005 the percentage of children living in two-parent families dropped from 85% to 68%. The Family Formation and Family Structure section explores key issues related to the changing family unit such as cohabitation, family formation and dissolution, and family stability that impact the well-being of families.

This section also highlights programs and approaches being utilized by the self-sufficiency field to address the needs of changing families including: fatherhood initiatives; teen pregnancy prevention programs; and other programs targeting low-income families and children.

View recommendations from the SSRC Librarian on Family Formation and Family Structure and relevant Federal laws and regulations below. 

 

A mother and father giving their boy and girl piggy-back rides

Healthy marriage and relationship and responsible fatherhood programs provide relationship and parenting education to low-income couples and fathers. Numerous research projects examine the implementation of such programs as well as their impact on child well-being and economic self-sufficiency. Click the phrases below to view selected research and resources relevant to each topic and self-sufficiency.

A man's hand signing a legal document

Legislative and regulatory requirements frame allowable programs and initiatives designed to support parenting, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood. Click the first link below to view legislative resources specific to parenting, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood programs.  Click the second link below to view regulatory resources specific to parenting, healthy relationships, and responsible fatherhood programs. Click the third link to browse additional self-sufficiency legislation and policy in the SSRC library.