Less than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage. This is a marked change from 1960, when 73% of children fit this description, and 1980, when 61% did, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of recently-released American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census data.
5% (1 in 20 kids) are not living with either parent. Most are living with grandparent(s). But the older, still married, and more responsible older generations are dying off. What happens then? More wards of the state. Orphanages. Foster homes, perhaps with just a woman making money taking care of kids for the state.
I meet these living-with-granny kids. Some of the stories about their moms are pretty bad. Imagine a 12 year old boy whose mom is on drugs, hasn't contacted him for months or years, and whose dad has been gone even longer. I met the grandmother (who doesn't seem that old) and she seems normal and sensible enough. Was her daughter always irresponsible or only after using too much coke and speed?
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