New Report: Record Increase in USA Poverty; Collapse of Marriage Primary Cause

09/17/2010 20:57

From Citizen Link:

The U.S. Census Bureau released startling new data today – one in seven Americans now live in poverty.  This is the largest increase in recorded U.S. history.

According to the Heritage Foundation, the collapse of marriage is the root cause of the poverty explosion. Its latest report illustrates the direct correlation between the rise in welfare and poverty rates with the collapse of marriage.

Children born to single mothers are at least five times more likely to live in poverty than those born into married families. This is devastating news for 51.3 percent of Hispanic children and 71.6 percent of African American children who are born out-of-wedlock.

Glenn Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies for Focus on the Family, agreed with the findings.

“Research tells us that children are impoverished in every way we know how to measure a child’s well-being,” Stanton said, “when they do not grow up with their own mother and father.”


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