World Congress of Families Report: The Economic and Social Costs of Family Breakdown

breakdown of family“The Economic and Social Costs of Family Breakdown”

Panel: John D. Mueller – Lehrman Institute Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Steve Smoot –

Family First Foundation, Christopher Carmouche – Grasstops USA, Eric Teetsel – Manhattan Declaration

The Family: A Proclamation to the World concludes with these solemn words, “…we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”

This panel lecture and discussion focused on the negative economic and social effects harming not only the family, but societies in general, bought about primarily through the low birth rate and abortion. Following are just a few drops from the fire hose of research, not opinion, that we were favored with:

1 – “The Success Sequence”

Graduate from High School

Get a job

Get married

Have children

Census data shows if every American followed this pattern at a rate they did in 1970 the poverty rate would be reduced by 70%.

2 – Millennials

Many Millennials view marriage as less the cornerstone of their life, but as more the capstone. They value, education, personal fulfillment, career advancement and stability. These things are to be attained and enjoyed before a marriage.

Arthur Brooks, from the American Enterprise Institute, has said, “Here’s a newsflash—marriage matters. All the latest evidence confirms the ancient wisdom: the institution of marriage is a key to productive adulthood, the cornerstone of a stable family, and the basic unit of a healthy community. Its effects go well beyond the married couple. It shapes our whole society, from workforce participation to economic inequality to the effectiveness of education. Children raised by married parents have better odds of succeeding in school, excelling at work, and building a stable relationship of their own.”

3 – Children

They are the life blood and human capital needed for a thriving, growing community. Birthrates have dropped 50% over the past 50 years. If that wasn’t enough data for concern consider the following:

In 1940 the illegitimate birth rate was at below 4%, today it is at a whopping 40%; and in the black community is at a staggering 72%. With a sharp decline in live birth rate coupled with the high percentage of children born strapped with the research proven disadvantage of illegitimacy, the hard dollar cost to communities to provide not only the funds for Social Security and financial safety nets needed but are crippling to society.

”We declare that God’s commandment to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force” and “Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony…” Yet again, the Family Proclamation points the divine way to avoid these calamities.

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About Bethany Packard

Bethany Packard is absolutely in love with her wonderful husband, Chad. They live in the Dallas, TX area where they raised six amazing children and owned a business, though now retired. Eighteen terrific grandchildren hold their hearts. At age 49, the Packards were called to serve a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as a Senior Couple (though they certainly didn't see themselves as "Senior") and assigned to the Russia Moscow Mission. Leaving their family and business - before they were retired - took faith, but it also created the opportunity for God to perform many miracles in their lives. They are currently serving a Church Service Mission as Internship Coordinators for BYU-Idaho in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She loves music, interior design, cooking, sports, fall, and macaroni & cheese.

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