Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Family Structure

Many different family structures exist within Sacramento County.  Multi-generational and even multi-family households are becoming increasingly common, especially since the economic downturn. Unfortunately, a common theme among “non-traditional,” or non-married couple families is economic hardship.  Children raised in single-parent households or with grandparent care providers are more likely to live in poverty, and as such, are faced with greater obstacles to achieving and maintaining a positive quality of life.

Family Type

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Why is this important?

  • Family is a core element in a child’s life and plays an important role in development and well being.
  • Children living in single parent households are more likely to drop out of school, have an unplanned pregnancy, experience poverty, and a number of other negatively associated life outcomes.

How are we doing?

  • More than one-third of all families with children under 18 are single-parent families.
  • There has been little change in the percentage of married family households and single-parent family households over the past decade.
  • Nearly 3 out of every 4 single-parent households are headed by single mothers.

Median Family Income

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Why is this important?

  • The California Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard from the Insight Center for Community Development calculated that a single parent household with two children would need to earn more than $54,000 per year to maintain self-sufficiency. Falling short of this amount most likely means that the household must rely on some form of supplemental assistance.

How are we doing?

  • The median family income for a married couple is more than double the median income for a single-parent household.
  • The median family income for single-mother households ($28,000) in Sacramento County is only 51% of the income needed to maintain self-sufficiency for a family of three.
  • The median family income for a single-mother household is approximately 150% of the federal poverty level for a three person family.

Children and Youth Living with Grandparents

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Why is this important?

  • For grandparents in retirement or nearing retirement, having responsibility for a child further burdens an already limited income, or forces the grandparents to draw on savings intended for retirement, the impact of which affects all generations involved.
  • In addition to economic challenges, there are social and emotional implications for both the child and the grandparent in adjusting to a non-conventional living situation.

How are we doing?

  • An estimated 6% of children under 18 are living in their grandparent's home.
  • The largest percentage of children living with a grandparent is under the age of six.
  • In nearly 65% of families where children are living with their grandparents, the parent of the child is also living in the household.

Data Source: U.S. Census

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 12:31