Magazine article The New Crisis

According to Reports

Magazine article The New Crisis

According to Reports

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Politics

Hispanic Leaders Grade

Congress

Latino advocacy groups released a report card grading lawmakers on votes taken in the House and Senate which affect the social, economic and political advancement and quality of life of Hispanics in this country. The report card evaluates such issues as civil rights, economic mobility, education and health. Democratic politicians scored more positively than their Republican counterparts. The report, released by the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda - which represents 35 national Latino groups, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the National Council of La Raza - has worried Republican officials courting the Latino vote for this year's congressional elections.

Children & Families

Number of Fatherless Homes

Remains Steady

The number of children growing up in fatherless homes has leveled off, according to "Father Facts," a report from the Gaithersburg, Md.-based National Fatherhood Initiative that compiles data regarding fathers, mothers, children, family well-being, marriage and divorce, child custody, child support, stepfamilies and adoption. From 1960 to the mid-'90s, the number of children who lived in single-mom-only homes jumped from 7 million to 20 million. But this number has held steady since 1996. The 182-page report found that 24 million children - 66 percent of Black children, 35 percent of Hispanic children, 27 percent of White children - live in homes without their biological fathers. The report also found that children who live apart from their biological fathers are more likely to be poor, engage in criminal behavior, suffer abuse and have emotional, health and behavioral problems than children who live with their fathers. …

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