A group of scholars with the Institute for American Values has recently estimated that the cost to government (ie: taxpayers) for family breakdown is a staggering $112 Billion per year, or over $1 Trillion every decade in state, federal and local costs. For Indiana, the Institute study found the cost to be $839 Million in yearly state social services, anti-poverty programs, Medicaid, education and the criminal justice system costs. For an understanding of how family fragmentation and the decline of marriage impacts society take a look at this AFA of Indiana Briefing Paper.
The Cost of Family Breakdown to Society and Taxpayers
October 13th, 2011 AFA-IN