Strengthening Young Families is dedicated to providing families with
the support, information and resources that can help them help their
children to thrive. Our primary focus is upon newly parenting couples,
especially those who may be unmarried, younger, financially struggling
and/or with literacy challenges.
Happy, healthy families can come in many forms: headed by two parents
or one, by a relative or adoptive or foster parents, or by parents of different
or the same genders. But we do know that children and families benefit
greatly from a stable, permanent family. And research shows that most
American infants, even those born to unmarried mothers, are actually born
to two-parent heterosexual couples who hope and intend to raise their
child together. Couples that succeed in staying together tend to experience
greater economic success, health, and reported happiness, as do their
Young families face many stresses, however. Parents may find themselves
struggling with the needs of the child, decisions about their future as a
couple, and practical needs like money, jobs, and housing. Their efforts to
be a family team can also be undermined by well-meaning programs which
erroneously identify unmarried mothers as "single" and therefore fail to
serve the family as a family.
Strengthening Young Families seeks to support parents,
especially in these high stress areas. Our publications
for parents focus on three important goals:
help to support and nurture children and their families.
Many young parents are working hard to build a strong future for their
children and their families. We aim to support their efforts.