Profile America: Single Parent’s Day

Thursday, March 21st. This is Single Parent’s Day — observed on this date every year since 1984 to recognize all those women and men who are raising children without partners. Single-parent families may result not just from out-of-wedlock births, but also from divorce, separation, a death in the family or adoption. Historically, about 85 percent of children in America were raised in two-parent households. Today, just under 69 percent of children are raised by both parents. Of America’s nearly 74 million children under 18 years old, a little over 3 million are being raised by fathers alone. Over 16.75 million are growing up with just their mothers. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey at the US Census Bureau.