Statistics on US Families

That's a Family!

That's a Family!

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?

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 Cohn