Children's Rights Issue

“It is necessary to insist on the fundamental pillars that govern a nation: its intangible assets. The family is the foundation of co-existence and a guarantee against social fragmentation. Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s growth and emotional development.”- Pope Francis, Nov.17

As my home state of Michigan Celebrates Marriage, we are reminded that

Marriage is Beneficial for Children
“Each child has life, thanks to a mom and a dad.”

A married mother and father are great gifts for children, so supporting an institution that unites children with their mothers and fathers is extremely important. A man and a woman, through their faithful union in marriage, provide a stable environment for children to experience the love and care of both a father and a mother, who each able to contribute to their growth and development in unique ways.

Social science data shows:

Children who live with two married parents tend to enjoy greater physical and mental health than those who live in other family situations.

Children in married, two-parent families enjoy more economic well-being than children in any other family structure, which often carries into their adult lives. By age 30, a woman raised by two married parents will earn an average of $4,735 more in annual income and a man raised by two married parents will earn an average of $6,534 more in annual income than their counterparts raised by single parents.

Children that are raised in married households are significantly less likely to miss class and show attendance or behavioral problems. They are more likely to graduate from high school and college.

Children who grow up in married, two-parent households are more likely to delay parenthood until marriage.

Boys in married households are less likely to engage in delinquent and criminal behavior.

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