In the past, traditional families with a mother and father were viewed as the norm, but now society must consider single parents and how the government views and supports them, the parent's situation, the effects on the parents, the effects on the children, and how society views these families
Single Parent Factors
One in four children in the United States today is being raised in a single parent home. Nearly 1/3 of all infants are born to unmarried mothers. 1/5 of all Anglo mothers (caucasion) give birth out of wedlock (unmarried). 29% of Latino families are headed by a single parent. One in eight babies is born to a teenage mother.
More than 1/3 of white and black marriages end by age 50.
Almost 1/2 of all black and 1/4 of all white female headed households live below the poverty line.
Almost 2/3 of all children will live with just one biological parent at some point before they reach age 18.
Among children living with a single parent, 1/3 will have no contact with their fathers.