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A Wisconsin Republican has introduced a bill to the state Senate that would force the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to print literature that calls unmarried parents “a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
The directives put forth in S.B. 507 would see the state board creating educational materials that condemn “nonmarital parenthood.” Associated third party groups that receive state grants would also be required to include that message in their own literature.
Those materials, along with pamphlets issued by third party groups that receive state grants, would also be required to “emphasize the role of fathers” in safeguarding a child’s well being.
The requirement is a bit startling, especially to single parents who ended their marriage to prevent child abuse or neglect. And that’s not a small group of people either: 31 percent of Wisconsin parents are single, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The bill’s author, state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), did not respond to a request for comment.
Fatherless youth at higher risk for jail - study
Young men who grow up in homes without fathers are twice as likely to
end up in jail as those who come from traditional two-parent families,
according to a new study released Thursday. Cynthia Harper of the
University of Pennsylvania and Sara S. McLanahan of Princeton
University tracked a sample of 6,000 males aged 14-22 from 1979-93.
They found that those boys whose fathers were absent from the
household had double the odds of being incarcerated - even when other
factors such as race, income, parent education and urban residence
were held constant. See www.infobeat.com...
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(quoted here from Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education, LLC's news listserv)
Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation with the number of single parent families and the crime rate in a cities with a population over 100,000 regardless of the socioeconomics or racial composition of the city.
"No-Fault Divorce: Proposed Solutions to a National Tragedy," 1993 Journal of Legal Studies 2, 19 citing R. Sampson, Crime in Cities: The Effects of Formal and Informal Social Control. In M. Tonry & Morris, Crime and Justice 271-301 (1987).