What research says about two-parent families keeping kids out of jail and in school

Among study highlights:

Black children in single-parent homes were 3.5 times more likely to live in poverty compared to peers who lived with both parents in a first marriage. Those in stepfamilies are 2.5 times more likely to be poor.

“Clearly Black children in stable, married families are better off financially,” the report says.

Odds of Black young adults graduating from college were almost 70% higher for those raised by their own two parents.

Among young Black adults, those raised in a single-parent or otherwise nonintact home were nearly twice as likely to be incarcerated by their late 20s, compared to peers who grew up in intact families.