KNOW THE FACTS
Single mother homes are now becoming the “new norm”.
Because of the growing trend of children being born outside marriage about 4 out 10 children were born to unwed mothers. About two-thirds were born to mothers under the age of 30.
Today 1 in 4 children under the age of 18 — a total of about 17.2 million — are being raised without a father.
Of all single-parent families in the U.S., single mothers make up the majority.
According to 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, out of about 12 million single-parent families with children under the age of 18, more than 80% were headed by single mothers.
Out of all of the single parent homes, 81% are headed by single mothers, 35% of these homes are poor, 50% were never married and 29 % were separated or divorced.
Single mothers earn income that places them way below married mothers on the income ladder. The difference between the two groups is extremely large.
The median income for families led by a single mother in 2016 was about $35,400, which is below the $85,300 median for married couples.
Single mothers are much more likely to be poor than married couples. The poverty rate for single-mother families in 2016 was 35.6%, nearly five times more than the rate (6.6%) for married-couple families.
A majority (59%) of SNAP ( food stamps) households with children were single mother households.
Among children with single mothers, 45% get food stamps and 55% don’t. Roughly two-thirds received free or reduced-price meals.
Also for those who did receive assistance, the amount was less than the minimum they’d need to stave off hardship — like hunger, homelessness, and utility cut-offs.
Child care subsidy, if eligible, is difficult to come by. In 2016, 20 states, including Texas, had wait lists or had frozen their intake for child care assistance, with wait times ranging from 90 days to two years.
Single mothers often spend over half of their income on housing expenses and a third on child care, leaving them with less money for educational expenses. 36 % of single mothers graduated with a college degree.
SUPPORTING SINGLE MOTHERS
It can be difficult to know how to support family, friends, and colleagues who are single mothers, but know this: you are not alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
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