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By Ginger Gentile, Deputy Executive Director
Are we learning? Is it possible that we’ve experimented with abandoning the two-parent, intact family, found the results wanting and are starting to return to sanity?
Lyman Stone of the Institute for Family Studies analyzed the latest data from the American Community Survey for 2018. What he’s found is a bottoming out of the trend toward single-parent childrearing and even a slight trend in the opposite direction. From 2014 – 2018, the percentage of children living outside of the traditional two-biological-parent household actually dropped. From 2001 to 2011, it remained stable.
[S]ince 2014, the share of children living with two married parents has risen ever-so-slightly, from 61.8% to 62.3% in 2018, and data from early 2019 in the Current Population Survey suggest that 2019 will show further improvement. The period from 2011 to 2019 is the longest period of stability or improvement in children’s living situations since the 1950s.
Obviously, a half-a-percentage point increase isn’t much, but it comes after a fairly long period of stable numbers. Is all that a precursor to greater positive change? Hang around for the next half century and I’ll let you know.
Needless to say, the changes in family structure over the past 60 years have been one of our society’s most remarkable features. In 1960, about 13% of kids lived outside a traditional family. By 2000, that number had ballooned to about 35% and the trend was worsening. But then in about 2010, it evened out and began to reverse.
Missouri Rebuttable Presumption bill HB 1765 will have a hearing January 28 at 6 pm and SB 531 will have a hearing January 29 at 8 am. These bills are identical to the ones from last session. We are very excited that these bills will be heard so soon in session. Representative Swan and Senator Wallingford both are making these bills a priority this year, so hopefully we can finally get them to the Governor for his signature! Click here to fill out a witness form for the Senate bill hearing and click here to fill out a witness form for the House bill hearing.