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Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27
There are many mothers who are single as a result of being divorced, widowed
or never having been married.  Research has shown that there are approximately
13.6 million single parents in the United States, and they were responsible for
raising 21.2 million children (approximately 26% of children were under the age
of 21).  Nearly 84% of custodial parents are mothers.

Through our selfless efforts, IAK will strive to improve the quality of life for
communities across the United States, especially for single mothers and their
children.  When individuals and organizations have an opportunity to give back to
their communities, lives are changed and hope is restored.

What is the typical single mother like in the United States?
Marital Status:
  • 44% are currently divorced or separated
  • 33% have never been married
  • 22% are married (In most cases, these numbers represent women who
    have remarried.)
  • 1% were widowed
  • 79% of custodial single mothers are gainfully employed
  • 50% work full time, year round
  • 29% work part-time
  • 27.7% of custodial single mothers and their children live in poverty
Public Assistance:
  • 31% of all single parents receive public assistance
  • 6% of single parents receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy
  • 37.7% of custodial mothers are 40 years old or older
  • 56% of custodial mothers are raising one child from the absent parent
  • 44% have two or more children living with them
*Source:  Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2005, U.S. Census Bureau,
August 2007

*Source: Single Parent Statistics, Jennifer Wolf, About.com Guide

*Source: United States. Census Department. Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child
Support: 2005. By Timothy S. Grall. Census, 2007. 17 Mar. 2008
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