: Strengthening Families: Developing a Progressive Agenda that Promotes Family Stability and Cuts Poverty
A progressive view of the role of government supports the notion that governments should act affirmatively to create and protect the conditions necessary for all families and children to thrive. Developing policies to support and stabilize families should go beyond a narrow focus on marriage promotion and unmarried childbearing; policies should reflect the fact that decisions related to family structure, relationships and parenting are inherently personal, and are made complex by one’s life and economic circumstances. Progressive policies must recognize and address the reality of today’s complex family dynamics.
This discussion will examine the challenges facing low-income families in today’s economy, while discussing tangible policy goals that will help strengthen all families and create positive outcomes for their children. Additional topics will include strategies to help build strong family connections through supportive environments, economic support, and safe relationships and how these approaches can help reduce poverty in the United States.