Changing Definitions of Families

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“A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates the rate of unmarried women who decide to have children is rising, which suggests a possibly emerging definition of family. This week's Mocha Moms, Jolene Ivey and Asra Nomani, are joined by Audria Dunson, to discuss women who decide to have children even though they are not married.” Originally aired on  NPR's "Tell Me More," December 11, 2007. (17 min., 16 sec.)

Foster Care and Adoption: A Complicated Path

NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” program explores the obstacles that stand in the way of foster parents who want to adopt their foster children. Guests include Jeff Katz of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Kathy Ledesma, an adoptions manager in Oregon, and Justice Maura Corrigan, Supreme Court Justice in Michigan. (36 min., 12 sec.)

Kids with Gay Parents

Neal Conan of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” program discusses growing up with gay parents. Guests include Gary Gates, a demographer of the Urban Institute, Dr. Ellen Perrin, professor of pediatrics at the Floating Hospital for Children, and Maggie Gallagher, president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy. (32 min., 50 sec.)

2001 Barnard Summit on The Future of the Family

The 2001 Barnard Summit on The Future of the Family features a conversation among Barnard College President Judith Shapiro, former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift, Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund, and author Ann Crittenden, among others. 

Scroll down for an excerpt of the conversation: ”What is our definition of family?”

Open Adoptions Redefining the Extended Family

NPR's Greg Allen heads a story on families choosing open adoption on All Things Considered, December 24, 2004.

Raising Grandchildren in Communities of Color

NPR's Ed Gordon Interviews Dorothy Jenkins, a grand mother who raised three grandchildren in the South Bronx, and Generations United executive director Donna Butts on an edition of News & Notes with Ed Gordon, November 1, 2005.

The Balancing Act Newsletter, Shifting Household Structure at the Root of Work-Life Balance Issues

Employment Policy Foundation. (2004, October 28). Shifting Household Structure at the Root of Work-Life Balance Issues. The Balancing Act Newsletter. Washington, DC: Author.

The Employment Policy Foundation is no longer in operation but the Sloan Network now hosts archived issues of the organization's Balancing Act Newsletter. The Balancing Act Newsletter was produced in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Balancing Act Newsletter, Single Parents and the Challenge of Work and Family Balance

Employment Policy Foundation. (2005, January 12). Single Parents and The Challenge of Work and Family Balance. The Balancing Act Newsletter. Washington, DC: Author.

The Employment Policy Foundation is no longer in operation but the Sloan Network now hosts archived issues of the organization's Balancing Act Newsletter. The Balancing Act Newsletter was produced in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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