- Isabel Sawhill, senior fellow of economic studies at The Brookings Institution; co-director of the Center on Children and Families. Her latest book is titled, ” Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage.”
- Bradford Wilcox director, the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia; visiting scholar, the American Enterprise Institute.
- Olivia Golden, executive director, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP); former assistant secretary for children and families, Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration; author of “Reforming Child Welfare.”
Single Parenthood and Child Well Being
Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many of those are unplanned. Too often, the result is increased poverty for many children. Some argue for a return to traditional marriage. Others say we need more social support for unmarried parents. Family policy expert Isabel Sawhill offers a third option which involves what she calls childbearing by design, not by default. Diane discuss the impact of family structure on child wellbeing with the following guests: