Healthy Marriage Initiative Activities and Accomplishments 2002-2004

The mission of the Healthy Marriage Initiative is to help couples, who have chosen marriage for themselves, gain greater access to voluntary marriage education services where they can acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to form and sustain a healthy marriage. Staff who work with families will find that this report provides an overview of healthy marriage demonstration projects and grant activities, the African American and Hispanic healthy marriage initiatives, healthy marriage research, and other resources funded by ACF through 2004.

There is an abundance of social science evidence indicating that children fare better if they grow up with their married, biological parents. Children who grow up in other family forms are at substantially greater risk of having serious problems including emotional, behavioral or substance abuse problems and poorer educational outcomes.

This research showing the substantial benefits of healthy marriage for adults, children and society…is the primary motivating factor for the Administration for Children and Families' implementation of the Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI). More>> [PDF, 780KB]

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Healthy Marriage Initiative Activities and Accomplishments 2002-2004. DHHS/ACF. 2004. English. [PDF, 780KB].

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Last Updated: June 19, 2013