Strong Families

Family Stability is At Risk in the U.S.

Picture a strong family, and you might think of two parents who can provide a stable life for their children. Yet, over the past few decades, this scenario has become less common, with marriage rates declining and an alarming number of children living in poverty. These factors―combined with a spreading drug epidemic and rising rates of untreated mental health problems―are putting many children’s long-term health and well-being at risk.

State and federal policymakers are working on bipartisan solutions that include parent coaching programs for at-risk families, improved healthcare, tax credits for working families, early education, and child care. Council for a Strong America supports these initiatives in order to build strong families, reduce crime and other costly outcomes, and build a stronger and safer country in the years ahead.