In an opinion column for the Brookings Institution, Ron Haskins claims that the profound changes in American family structure are having a negative impact on children. Haskins further contends that the numerous government programs and policies have not produced the desired results in terms of encouraging marriage.
Haskin's chief complaint is that children are paying much of the price of structural changes in family and the labor force. His column is linked below.
Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution: Consequences of the Decline of Marriage
"Here is a succinct summary: between 1970 and 2010, marriage rates declined by nearly 75 percent for 20 to 24 year old women and more than 30 percent for 30 to 34 year old women; nonmarital births increased by over 280 percent; the percentage of women age 35 who are single with children increased by over 120 percent; and about 60 percent of men and women who marry cohabited prior to their first marriage."
----Ron Haskins, The Brookings Institution