Granted, now, we the Church should never have anything to say about this, but….
The poverty data released this week from the U.S. Census offers another stark reminder of the economic toll of single parenthood.
Even before the Great Recession began, poverty rates for single moms and dads were much higher than for married families. The economic weakness of the past few years has only made things worse for parents raising kids on their own.
Nearly 41 percent of single-mother families with children under 18 were living below the poverty line in 2010, according to the Census data.
Single fathers with kids under 18 also were struggling, with about 24 percent of those families living below the poverty line.
By comparison, just around 9 percent of married couples with kids under 18 fell below the poverty line last year.
We could quote stats about single parents and the ways which churches have traditionally treated them, and the historical response, but… my question is, what can/should we do?
- Cohabitation dustup followup thoughts (familyinequality.wordpress.com)
- Reese Witherspoon Complains About Single Parenthood (dangerouslee.biz)
- Poverty rate soars to one in six (geneveith.com)
- 27 Million Blacks Under Poverty Line (theroot.com)