Single Mothers with Children

  • Unmarried mothers have massive challenges, and the evidence is clear that their children are at a significant disadvantage when compared with children raised by married parents.  (William J. Doherty and others, Why Marriage Matters: Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences (2002); W. Bradford Wilcox and others, Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences, 3rd ed. (2011)
  • Children are victimized by marriages that do not occur. Few measures of the welfare of our rising generation are more disturbing than the recent report that 41% of all births in the United States were to women who were not married.  (Joyce A. Martin and others, “Births: Final Data for 2010,” National Vital Statistics Reports, vol. 61, no. 1 (Aug. 2012), 10)
  • Whatever we may say about these couples’ forgoing marriage, studies show that their children suffer significant comparative disadvantages.   (For children, the relative stability of marriage matters, Brad Wilcox, Why Marriage Matters)


Statistics
  • Most of the children born to unmarried mothers—58%—were born to couples who were co-habitating.  (Martin, “Births: Final Data for 2010,” 10–11)
What You Can Do
  • Single mothers with children can find support and help among our nonprofits and volunteers. 

  • Volunteer to provide practical support like housing, childcare, transportation, car maintenance, or simply a friendship, as a single mother works to finish her education, find employment and raise her children.
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

http://depts.washington.edu/pcapuw/
Assist mothers in obtaining alcohol and drug treatment and staying in recovery.
Link mothers and their families to community resources that will help them build and maintain healthy and independent family lives.  Help mothers prevent the births of future alcohol and drug-affected children.