WHY IS THE SINGLE PARENT FAMILY COLLABORATIVE NEEDED?
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, a third of Knox County households with children— half of which in Knoxville—are being led by single parents. One in three births each year is to an unmarried parent. Over 15,000 parents in Knox County are raising children without a spouse. In 2010 nearly 2,000 couples divorced, involving dependent children in an estimated 2 out of 5 cases. Poverty rates for single parent families are high, especially for single mothers; two-thirds of single mother families with preschool-aged children are living in poverty. As we can see, there is a great need to help single parents and if we ignore or neglect the growing numbers in our community, who will? This context presents us with an urgent need and rich opportunity for ministry that changes lives and impacts the community to the glory of God.
[Sources for statistics: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010 and 3 year estimate, 2008-2010, Tennessee Department of Health Statistics]