Research has shown that children in two-parent families generally achieve better outcomes, e.g., higher academic achievement, lower high school dropout rates, fewer behavioral and mental problems and lower likelihood to be in poverty, than children in single-parent families. However, it would be incorrect to assume that these differences were the direct result of the number of parents in the home, or that children in two-parent families always do better than children in single-parent families.
- Of Pinellas County’s estimated 403,000 households, approximately 93,000 households, 23% of the total, include one or more children under the age of 18.
- Married-couple households with children under 18 are estimated to account for 59% of all households with children under 18, moderately below that of Florida (63%) and the U.S. (66%).
- Households led by single females with children under 18 account for 30% of all Pinellas households with children under 18, almost three times that of single male households. Comparable ratios for Florida and the U.S. are 28% and 25%, respectively.
- Department of Health - Healthy Families
- Family Service Center – Childnet
- Family Service Center – Family Counseling
- Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health – Total Family Strategy
- Achieve Tampa Bay – Respite Care
- Children’s Home – Kinship Services Network of Pinellas
Read More About It:
Family Structure, Child Trends Databank: http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/?q=node/231
Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States
Living Arrangements of Children: 2004: http://www.census.gov/prod/2008pubs/p70-114.pdf