What are the key issues facing lone parents in Britain today? This essay aims to form discussion on the problems lone parents cope with in Britain today. While identifying many this essay will discuss poverty and its effects on health, and social stigma. A lone parent family is defined as: ‘A mother or father living without a spouse (and not cohabiting) with his or her never-married dependent child or children aged either under 16 or from 16 to 19 and undertaking full-time education.’(J Haskey 2002). This definition includes people who are married but choosing to or finding themselves living on their own with the children of the family, and also those who are living with others who are not their partner with parents for example.
However, the 1999 estimate was adjusted upward to 60,000 with a suggestion that this number should be considered the “upper limit.” The Census counted 45,443 (this number represents Hmong alone or in combination with another race). The 1999 estimate was based on an incorrect assumption that Hmong fertility rates would decline as second generation Hmong began to form families. Nonetheless, births to women born in Laos (most Hmong were born in Laos, although not all Laotian-born people are Hmong) range from 1,286 in 1995 to 1,008 in 2002, and showed only a slight decline from the mid-1990s. These numbers do not include births to Hmong mothers born in the U.S. Hmong family size, according to the 2000 Census remains very large, averaging 6.4 persons per family. The 1999 estimate assumed that the proportion of Hmong who are school-aged children, as enumerated by the Minnesota Department of Education, would become smaller as Hmong fertility began to approach that of the white native-born population.
Cain uses inductive reasoning when she quotes “According to the U.S Census Bureau, in 1993 there were 34.9 million American families that were childless and only 33.3 million families with a child under the age of 18 (488).” Cain uses this example to prove to the reader that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of childless women over the past 30 years. Cain also uses deductive reasoning throughout her essay. For example, Cain quotes David Pearce Snyder from The Futurist Magazine “Our reasons for having children have changed over time. Whereas in earlier days children were needed to support a family, social safety nets have taken care of those needs (489).” By quoting another person, Cain shows the reader that the principle of her claim is also accepted by other people. Cain convinces the reader that not only she believes what she is arguing, but others also believe the same
Adoption Adoption is better than abortion, it gives many children who need a home a good home. Statistics show there are over 153 million orphans who have lost one or both parents in the United States. Of the over 400,000 children who are in foster care in the U.S., 114,556 cannot be returned to their birth families and are waiting to be adopted. On average, more than 60 percent of children in foster care spend 2-5 years in the system before being adopted. Almost 20 percent spend 5 or more years before being adopted and some never get adopted.
In the 2010 census, the population of Ellettsville was 6378. Out of this number 95.8 percent of the people are White, 1.2 percent African American, and the other 3 percent of people are Native American, Asian, and Hispanic or made up of two or more races. Of these people there are 1944 households with 1345 families consisting of 3 or more people. 41 percent of these households have children under the age of 18 and 52 percent of the households have married couples in them. Also found in the census was that the average household income in the town of Ellettsville is 37, 275 dollars.
Also, the father of the child may not stick around because he too is scared of the responsibility of raising a child, and his whole life is going to change if he decides to stay around. So the pregnant teen ends up becoming a single mother. According to Hanna B., approximately 10% of all births occur to teenage mothers worldwide. This “phenomenon” is of concern because teenage mothers are reported to be “disadvantaged financially, educationally, and cognitively” in both the short and long term span. Many teenage mothers find strength in their motherhood role but this does not come without cost to themselves or their children, as many teenagers are considered unsuitable to be parents and do not have the right support (B.).
In Defense of Single Motherhood By KATIE ROIPHE IN a season of ardent partisan clashing, Americans seem united in at least one shared idea: Single mothers are bad. A Pew Research Center poll on family structures reports that nearly 7 in 10 Americans think single mothers are a “bad thing for society.” Conservatives obsess over moral decline, and liberals worry extravagantly — and one could argue condescendingly — about children, but all exhibit a fundamental lack of imagination about what family can be — and perhaps more pressingly — what family is: we now live in a country in which 53 percent of the babies born to women under 30 are born to unmarried mothers. I happen to have two children with two different fathers, neither of whom I live with, and both of whom we are close to. I am lucky enough to be living in financially stable, relatively privileged circumstances, and to have had the education that allows me to do so. I am not the “typical” single mother, but then there is no typical single mother any more than there is a typical mother.
When looking more in-depth, and looking at female and male, results show lone mother families with one child has increased from 2 percentage points to 7 percentage points, 2 children in a lone mother family has increased by more than four times the amount from 2 percentage points to 9 percentage points. Lone father families have proved to stay the same with no changes. (Browne, 2006) suggests that reasons for lone parenting could be caused by death of one of the parents or a lack of morals towards divorce. Also, recently a new reproductive procedure to help lone women/ lone parents have children, which may indicate some women are choosing not to get in a relationship or to get divorced. Divorce rates in the UK have risen from the 1950’s, where rates were at approximately 40,000 rising to approximately 170,000.
Most undocumented parents have limited time with their children because they are working long hours and shifts in order to provide for their families. Most undocumented immigrant parents feel tremendously isolated and do not have the confidence to ask for help from the government; like food stamps or Medicaid. As a result, they do not receive the same help as other U.S citizens. “Section 245(I) last came into effect over a decade ago and basically says that if a person has a labor certification or visa petition filed in their behalf on or before April 30, 2001 and they were physically present in the United States on December 21, 2000 then they would be grandfathered under this law and so long as