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The Organization for Youngsters and Families African American Solid Marriage Activity Statement of purpose: "Advance and Reinforce the Establishment of Sound Marriage in the African American Group" Advantages of Marriage for Kids
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The Administration for Children and Families African American Healthy Marriage Initiative Mission Statement: “Promote and Strengthen the Institution of Healthy Marriage in the African American Community”

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Benefits of Marriage for Children 9% of kids under six in two-guardian family units are poor - contrasted with 47% of those living in single parent families. 45% of youngsters raised by separated moms and 69% raised by never-wedded moms live in or close neediness.

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Compared to kids in one-guardian family units, kids in two-guardian families are: Less than half as prone to have enthusiastic or behavioral issues. A third as prone to utilize illicit medications, liquor or tobacco. 44% less inclined to be physically manhandled, or ignored. Young men are just half as prone to carry out a wrongdoing prompting imprisonment by their thirties.

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Chart 16. Genuine Child Abuse and Marriage Serious Child Abuse Is Less Likely In Married Families Comparative Rates of Abuse 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 33 20 14 6 1 Married Mother Married Biological Parents to Stepfather Mother Alone Parents Mother Cohabitating A youngster living alone with a single parent is 14 times more prone to endure genuine physical misuse than is a kid living with both organic folks united in marriage. A youngster whose mother lives together with a man who is not the child’s father is 33 times more inclined to endure genuine physical misuse than is a kid living with both organic folks in an in place marriage. Source: Heritage examination of British information in light of Comparative Risk Ratios for Serious Abuse 1982-1988, in Robert Whelan, Broken Homes and Battered Children , Family Education Trust, United Kingdom, 1994. No comparative information accessible for the United States.

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Chart 20. School Failure and Marriage Children In Intact Married Families Are Less Likely To Repeat A Grade Percent of Children in 1998 Survey Who Repeat A Grade 35% 30 25 20 15 10 5 29.7% 21.7% 21.5% 11.6% Married Biological Mother Formerly Mother and Mother Never Married Parents Married Stepfather Children of separated moms and kids in stepfamilies are twice as prone to come up short in school and rehash an evaluation when contrasted and kids raised by both organic folks in an in place marriage. Kids raised by a never-wedded mother are all the more twice as liable to rehash an evaluation when contrasted and youngsters brought up in place relational unions. Source: Deborah A. Dawson, “Family Structure and Children’s Health and Well Being: Data from the 1988 National Health Interview Survey of Child Health,” Journal of Marriage and the Family , Vol. 53 (August 1991), pp.573-584. See

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Culturally Competent Strategies - Why a Focused AAHMI Strategy? 35% of Americans somewhere around 24 and 34 have never hitched. For African Americans that figure is 54%. African Americans are more outlandish than some other gathering in America to ever wed. 76% of American families are going by wedded couples. The figure for African American families is 47.9%. Source: KidsCount/2000 Census

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Culturally Competent Strategies - National Data ( KidsCount and 2000 Census Figures) Only 33.3%of African American youngsters in the U.S. live in wedded couple families, contrasted with 74.6% of Non-Hispanic White kids. 46.2% of U.S. African American youngsters live in single-guardian families, contrasted with just 17.7% of Non-Hispanic White kids. 12.0% of U.S. African American kids live with neither one of the parents, contrasted and 3.7% of Non-Hispanic White youngsters. In the U.S., 33.1% of African American youngsters were living in neediness in 1999, while just 9.4% of African American kids living in wedded couple families were living in destitution.

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Increase of single-guardian family units has expanded for all youngsters, and particularly African American kids. Somewhere around 1960 and 1995, we have seen a drop from 75% to 33% of African American youngsters living with two wedded folks. Contrasted with a national normal of 33%, 69% of African American births are to unmarried moms.

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The African American Healthy Marriage Initiative (AAHMI) advances socially skilled procedures: Improved kid prosperity. Solid relational unions. Mindful parenthood. Reinforcing African American families. Reinforcing African American groups.

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Encouraging Trends Increase from 33% to 36% somewhere around 1995 and 1998 of African American kids living in two-guardian families. Number of African American kids under age 18 living in two-guardian homes ascended from 3.9 million in 1980 to 4.1 million in 1998. We have seen a decrease in Black high school conception rates and an increment in the age Black ladies have kids.

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Fragile Families Study (Funded by HHS and bolstered by a few private establishments) during childbirth of their kid, one a large portion of unwed folks are living respectively and the greater part are hopeful about their future together. 75% of the moms trust the possibilities of wedding the father of their youngster are “50-50” or better. 66% of unwed folks trust that “It is better for kids if folks are married”. 80% of fathers gave some money related backing amid the pregnancy, 84% will have their name on the conception testament, and 79% of the youngsters will take the father’s surname. Most fathers need to help bring up their youngsters and the mind larger part of moms need the fathers included. This information showcases a marriage “window of opportunity” that break down after some time taking after the youngster\'s conception, under-scoring the dubious financial circumstances of unwed folks and the boundaries to marriage that a large portion of them face.

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Importance of the Healthy Marriage Initiative for States State solid marriage strategy and techniques ought to focus on the “window of opportunity” going before and taking after out-of-wedlock births. Advance State administrations for delicate families that energize marriage ( decrease social and duty approaches that punish marriage, increment fatherly and maternal independence activities, and advance State sound marriage activities. Survey TANF, Child Support and other State-Administered projects to join marriage-accommodating techniques and uproot marriage disincentives. Effective State Healthy Marriage Initiatives will decrease future State uses in the welfare, instruction, and criminal equity enclosures, and expand State incomes in light of a fundamentally more gainful future workforce.

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A Three-Component AAHMI Strategy : 1. Instruction and Communication with the African American group. Four AAHMI Forums have been booked around the nation, every one with an alternate subject: (1) Youth/Young Adults, (2) Business/Media, (3) Faith and Community-Based Organizations, and (4) Hip Hop. The initial three have effectively occurred. The last one will occur in Los Angeles on September 25-26, 2004. 2. Improving Partnerships for settling families and groups. 3. Recognizing and getting to group and different assets to bolster the AAHMI.

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Available Funding Sources : State TANF Dollars. State Child Welfare Safe and Stable Dollars. ACF’s OCSE has supported 1115 Community Healthy Marriage Demonstration ventures in seven states: Idaho, Michigan, Virginia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Louisiana. State Office of Refugee Resettlement. ACF Administration for Native Americans. ACF Office of Community Services – (empathy capital, family savagery counteractive action). DHHS – Maternal and Child Health – SPRANS Community-Based Abstinence Education Grant.

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