Statistics About US Families

That's a Family!

That's a Family! Press Kit

That's a Family! is an entertaining documentary that breaks new ground in helping children in grades K-8 understand the different shapes families take today. Part of The Respect for All Project.

Millions of children are currently being raised by single or divorced parents,
guardians, parents of different religions or races, gay or lesbian parents, and
adoptive parents.

What do American families look like today?

Single Parents

Divorced Parents

Guardians/Foster Care


Mixed-Race Families

Gay-and Lesbian-Headed/Unmarried Partner Households



1 US Census Bureau of Household
and Family Statistics, 2000

2 New York Times, May 20, 2001, Jane Fritsch

3 State of America’s Children Yearbook 2000,
Children’s Defense Fund

4 National Survey of America’s Families

5 The National Commission on Children

6 Stepfamily Association of America

7 CRS Report for Congress: Foster Care and Adoption Statistics

8 US Census Bureau Press Release

9 U.S. Census 2000

10 US State Department

11 Interview 2007, Senior Research Fellow, The Williams Institute UCLA School of Law

12 Council on Contemporary Families

13 Human Rights Campaign Press Release

14 The Washington Post, June 20, 2001, D’Vera