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The Institute for Family Studies (IFS) is dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life, and advancing the well-being of children through research and public education. Addressing family life is what we do, and we invite you to learn more about ways to strengthen families in America and around the world.

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A Family-Friendly Pronatalism

Almost as soon as we announced the Pronatalism Initiative, the American Compass published an article entitled “pronatalism isn’t pro-family.” The title perplexed us at first: here at the Institute for Family Studies, we are definitely pro-family; indeed, our roots are grounded in supporting marriage and parenting, and pronatalism is part of that focus. But of course, the article wasn’t about IFS or the Pronatalism Initiative; it was about Simone and Malcolm Collins, the tech entrepreneur-cum-pronatal-influencer couple. Since the Collins have received hefty donations to their foundation and promoted themselves as leading pronatalist influencers, it is unfortunately necessary to explain what we mean by pronatalism here at IFS and how it differs from the Collins’ view. Read More

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Stronger Families, Safer Streets


Making Smartphones and App Stores Safe for Kids: Federal, State, and Industry Measures

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What's the Plan? Cohabitation, Engagement, and Divorce


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Become your own marriage and family expert by browsing our various materials below on such trending topics as Divorce, Cohabitation, Dating, Fatherhood, Family Structure, Marital Health, and Parenting.

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4 in 10 U.S. births to unmarried women.
69% of America’s children live in two-parent families.
36.5% of single-mother families live in poverty.
40% of America’s children live in a cohabiting household by age 12.
Fatherhood Divorce Family Structure

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