When the President gives the State of the Union address tonight, we hope he will address the traditional wisdom, confirmed yet again in Census data, that the state of the family determines the state of the union. When only 45 percent of American 17-year-olds have been raised in a home with their married biological parents, the majority of our families have been weakened, to the detriment of our economy and of society at large. This is seen in decreasing income and productivity, increased dependence on the government and public healthcare, and declining educational achievement.
But, when the family is stronger the nation is stronger.
Join us for the release of reports on the state of the American family, along with the paper's authors, Pat Fagan, Ph.D., Henry Potrykus, Ph.D., and Nicholas Zill, Ph.D. as they talk about their work and show how Census data support the centrality of marriage to the success of public policy in the U.S.
Alfonso Aguilar, President of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, also participated in this press conference to discuss the particular aspects of the report, as they relate to the Latino community.
The Third Annual Index of Family Belonging and Rejection shows that a mere 45 percent of American 17-year-olds have been raised in an intact, married family (that is, with their biological parents married to one another). It also includes the Index of Family Belonging across the 50 states and the 45 largest cities in the country.
The report U.S. Social Policy Dependence on the Family, which is derived from the Index, shows family intactness to be a highly influential factor in shaping outcomes such as income and productivity, dependency on the government, healthcare, educational achievement, and teenage out-of-wedlock birth.