Issues

Families

What role do family and marriage play in fighting poverty? Some experts argue that promoting marriage and a stable family unit is as critical to fighting poverty as providing government subsidies. A growing number of advocates and public figures are calling for a greater national commitment to addressing issues that range from teen pregnancy to fatherhood involvement. To be sure, there are experts who support strengthening couple relationships more broadly, and some who believe attention to these issues is misguided. In this section, Spotlight presents the varied opinions on the role of family well-being in fighting poverty, including key research, news and opinion from experts on the issue, policy-makers and the media.