BLENDED FAMILY RESEARCH AND STATISTICS
The Bonded Family began it's faith-based ministry to serve others in 2005.
We also are an educational and research organization.
Since that time we keep track via subscription based national news retrieval
services, search engine keyword tracking, media stories, federal and state legislation and activities, as well as utilizing the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Center for Disease Control and other agencies.
We review over 40+ articles per day regarding step-family/blended family life.**
** the below statistics reflect the wounded direction of family life in America, however it also shows the giant sized harvest field and the need for a ministry to serve blended families. We do understand why 'God hates divorce'
as it clearly is explained in scripture. We speak of this directly, and often, in our resources. Divorce can be traced to deep wounds or often sin somewhere in a marriage or life. God knows the ripples, pain, wounds and legacy that comes from divorce. He does not want that for His children....meaning YOU. God is a God of second chances.
Throughout the Bible men and women who stumbled or failed were used for His glory.
God's grace and mercies are sufficient IF you place your trust in Him.
Blended Family Statistics
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Over 65% of Americans are now a stepparent, a stepchild, a stepsibling,
step-grandparent or touched directly by a stepfamily scenario
82% of new blended family parents say ‘ we don’t know where to turn to for help’
for their marriage, children, step-children and new blended family.
§ § * Research Challenge
Many statistics underestimate the number of U.S. stepfamilies, because...
To date, government reporting of population figures indicate families in which the child resides. So if the child lives with a divorced, single parent and the other nonresident parent has remarried, the child is not included in the calculations as being a member of a stepfamily. The U.S. Census does not clearly or specifically track 'step-family' demographics. Thus the numbers in America appear to be underestimated.
THIS CREATES AN EVEN LARGER 'HARVEST FIELD'
FOR THE BONDED FAMILY TO DRAW PEOPLE TO THE LORD
AS THE BEACON OF HOPE AND FAITH AS THE WEAPON FOR VICTORY.
Research / Sources:
2008 Survey to Churches by The Bonded Family Research Group
Marriage Co-Mission Report on the American Family and Workplace 2008
U.S. Bureau of the Census (1998), Marital status and living arrangements,
Current Population Reports (Series P20-514), Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.
Glick, P.C. (1989), Remarried families, stepfamilies, and stepchildren:,
A brief demographic profile Family Relations .
Glick, P.C. & Lin, S.L. (1987), Remarriage after divorce:,
Recent changes and demographic variation Sociological Perspectives.
Larson, J. (1992), Understanding stepfamilies, American Demographics .
Norton, A.J., & Miller, L.F. (1992), Marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the 1990s,
Current Population Reports (Series P23-180), Washington, DC: Government Printing Office