ON-Lion Letter

"The dramatic connection between thriving, intact families being a woman's and child's strongest protection against poverty has been well-established for decades," according to Glenn T. Stanton's "Family Formation and Poverty:  A History of Academic Inquiry and Its Major Findings" in the Fall 2015 issue of The Family in America journal.

Stanton is director of Global Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family and a research fellow at the Institute of Marriage and Family in Ottawa, Ont.

"Considering the significant detriment poverty brings to the lives of mothers and their children and all the other personal life issues it negatively affects -- physical and emotional health, educational progress, safe and desirable living conditions, general hope for the future and the provision of basic resources for one's self and children, etc. -- it is essential for all who care for the social well-being and dignity of women and children understand the depth and breadth of the connection here," he continues.

"Today, many unfortunately hold that to be concerned about what kinds of families adults form and raise their children in is no one else's business and does not affect anyone outside their particular home.  It is personal," Stanton concludes.  "But as long as this topic has been studied, the findings reached are precisely the opposite.  They are unequivocal."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports The Family in America.

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