There was a brief from The Associated Press in today’s Daily Republic that said one in three children in South Dakota now lives in a single-parent home. It also said the state’s increase in single-parent children is 39 percent since 2000, which is the highest increase in the nation.
I’m shocked by those numbers, and I wonder what sort of ramifications we might face. Children of single parents can certainly be just as smart and well-behaved and productive as children in dual-parent homes, but I think we all know that the challenges inherent in single parenting can sometimes lead to problems in children. I also wonder what factors are at work in our state that are causing so many single-parent situations.
Here’s the brief from the AP:
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The annual Kids Count report finds that one in three children in South Dakota lives in a single-parent home.
The increase since 2000 — at 39 percent — is the largest in the nation.
The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says 44,000 kids lived in a single-parent home in 2000. The latest figure from the year 2007 is 60,000.
The mother is the caretaker in three-quarters of the singleparent households.