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Report: By age 17, 83% of black children are living in broken homes

Broken homes equals broken children Photo: Sheila Tostes/Flickr/Creative Commons

Do broken homes equal broken children? Photo: Sheila Tostes/Flickr/Creative Commons

According to two reports released by the Family Research Council, (FRC) by age 17, 83% of Black children are living in broken homes. By the same age, 46% of white children are no longer living with both biological parents.

Over the last 60 years, the problem has steadily worsened with an increasing number of children being affected by broken families. Between 1950 and 2012, the number of black teens aged 15 to 17, who lived in a family made up of both biological parents had declined by 21%. For white children, the decrease was 13%.

Part of this breakdown is due to divorce. There was a time when parents stayed together for their children’s sake. However, that notion is now considered outdated and children are experiencing the rejection that comes with the family breakdown, often with devastating consequences.

The FRC said:

“The American family is in crisis. Our nation’s children, especially our black children, are being robbed of their married biological parents.

However, another contributing factor was the number of children who from birth grow up in single-parent families. In 2012, at the age of two, only 30% of black children were living in a home with both biological parents compared to 75% for white children.

This often leaves mothers in the difficult position of having to raise children on their own. Having faced the challenge of raising children in a two-parent family, I have no idea how single parents do it.

The stats unfortunately show that Black children are particularly hard hit by the family breakdown.

In a recent post, we talked about a statement made by Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke. He was responding to criticism of a recent shooting of an armed black 21-year-old man by a police officer.

Clarke, who is also black, blamed the problem on single-parents families. He said in an interview with Fox News:

“The number one cause of this is father-absent homes. So what are we going to do in terms of having more-effective parenting, more role modeling, more engaged fathers in the lives of these young black men so that we don’t have this behavior.”

The FRC data was part of two reports  — the “State of the Black Family” and “Fifth Index of Belonging and Rejection.” The organization’s goals are to advance faith, family and freedom in public policy from a Christian perspective.

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