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May 12, 2019

Recent family-related news included an interview on the topic of finding a black sperm donor, a movement towards preserving the parent-child bond when mom is incarcerated, data regarding the fact that women still shoulder 65% of household responsibilities, a look at societal factors that keep women in violent marriages, and research concerning the connection between ‘adverse childhood experiences’ and low income families.

Desperately Seeking a Black Sperm Donor B.A. Williams, The New York Times, May 6, 2019 Two hopeful moms-to-be set out in search of a sperm donor with African origins and found this to be a difficult task. Though private sperm banks are not required to share the ethnic origins of their donors publicly, the number of black donors is found to be small.

‘They Love Their Kids’: Texas Lawmakers Want to Send Fewer Moms to Prison Christopher Connelly, NPR, May 7, 2019 From 1980 to 2016, the country saw a 700% increase in the number of women behind bars. Exactly how many are mothers isn’t well tracked, but a survey of women in Texas prisons showed more than 80% of them are moms. Lawmakers across the country are now considering ways to send fewer moms with minor children to jail and prison, and to help preserve parent-child bonds when they’re locked up.

Don’t Be Grateful That Dad Does His Share Darcy Lockman, The Atlantic, May 7, 2019 The number of mothers in the labor force who have young children hit its peak and leveled-off two decades ago. So, too, did the parenting contributions of men. For the past 20 years, research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has consistently found that women employed outside of the home shoulder 65 percent of child-care responsibilities, and their male partners 35 percent.

The Particular Cruelty of Domestic Violence Rachel Louise Snyder, The Atlantic, May 8, 2019 America’s legal system, combined with cultural beliefs about family, pressures women to stay in violent, dangerous marriages.

How Does Toxic Stress Affect Low-Income and Black Children? K.A. Dilday, CityLab, May 8, 2019 Children with a family income of $20,000 or less are more likely to encounter threatening experiences and the “toxic stress” that accompanies it. The term “adverse childhood experiences” comes from a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente at their San Diego Health Appraisal Clinic using data collected from 1995 to 1997.

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