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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.