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.

Why Child Needs Both Parents