New York Families Promotes Strong Families

“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6, ESV)
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)

It is ideal for a child to be raised in an intact family unit by his or her own mother and father. Parents are uniquely called to be their children’s caretakers, protectors, and guides, teaching them how to navigate the world. New York Families works to uphold this biblical vision for family and parenthood in New York.

American culture has devalued marriage and family, and the results are devastating. In 2019, a Pew Research Center study of 130 nations and territories found that 23% of American children were living with single parents. This is the highest percentage of single-parent households in the world. While some single parents do an excellent job raising their children in difficult circumstances, broken family structures are a key driver of many of America’s social problems. In comparison with other American children, fatherless children are five times more likely to grow up in poverty, nine times more likely to drop out of school, and twenty times more likely to spend time in prison.

On average, children who grow up in intact families are likely to be healthier, better educated, more affluent, and less involved in substance abuse or criminality than children who do not. Tragically, however, fewer and fewer American children are raised in intact families of origin. New York Families seeks to restore a marriage-affirming culture. New York Families also promotes adoption as a life-affirming alternative for orphaned children and children whose parents are otherwise unavailable to raise them.

As the principal caretakers, protectors, and guides of their children, parents have the God-given right to direct their children’s upbringing. Across America and in New York, government has become far too comfortable infringing upon that God-given right. Although New York Families affirms that God instituted governing authorities for our good and that He commands Christians to submit to those authorities (Romans 13:1), we speak out when government oversteps its boundaries. One example of government encroachment upon parental rights is New York’s public education system, where schools are being used to promote radical perspectives without parental approval.