Families in the News

OK Policy Roundtable: Should the state of Oklahoma be promoting marriage? (Oklahoma Policy Institute, February 21, 2011)

"Two...policy analysts...created posts in response to the question, 'Should the state of Oklahoma be promoting marriage as a way to reduce poverty?'"

Oklahoma Marriage Initiative Fails to Halt Rising Divorce Rates (Oklahoma Watch, Nov 27, 2013)

"Oklahoma government and groups have spent more than $70 million in federal money on a program originally aimed at reducing the state's high divorce rate in hopes of fighting poverty. But there is little hard evidence that the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative is succeeding in a broad sense."

Evidence mounting that poverty causes lasting physical and mental health problems for children (Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Nov 24, 2013)

"Three recent studies add to mounting evidence that poverty can exact a lasting toll on a child's mental and physical well-being, with stress representing a key pathway."

The Changing American Family (NY Times, Nov 25, 2013)

"The typical American family, if it ever lived anywhere but on Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving canvas, has become as multilayered and full of surprises as a holiday turducken — the all-American seasonal portmanteau of deboned turkey, duck and chicken."

Oklahoma! Where the Kids Learn Early (NYT, Nov 9, 2013)

"Liberals don’t expect Oklahoma to serve as a model of social policy. But, astonishingly, we can see in this reddest of red states a terrific example of what the United States can achieve in early education."

To Protect Children From Lead, Fix Pregnant Women's Homes (NPR, March 2, 2012)

"Children are diagnosed with lead exposure only when their health is already endangered. Wouldn't it be better to prevent that danger instead? That's the goal of a project in the city of St. Louis that tests the homes of pregnant women and removes dangerous lead before babies were born."

Interracial Marriage And The Extended Family (NPR, February 28, 2012)

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, about 15 percent of new marriages in 2010 were between people of different races or ethnicities — nearly twice the rate from 30 years prior. Though interracial marriage is more mainstream, the unions may still cause tension among family members.

Balancing Activities Is Important For Busy Families (Tulsa World, February 20, 2012)

Julie Miller-Cribbs, MSW, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Assistant Director of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work (OU-Tulsa) offers helpful advice to families in a recent edition of the Tulsa World.

Study: Interracial Marriages At Record High In U.S. (NPR, February 16, 2012)

A Pew Research Center study, released Thursday, details a diversifying America where interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are challenging typical notions of race.

The Changing Face Of Seeing Race (NPR, October 14, 2011)

"Today, African-Americans and white Americans both widely accept marriages between blacks and whites. According to a recently released Gallup Poll, 96 percent of African-Americans and 84 percent of whites accept the idea."

Can the Middle Class Be Saved? (The Atlantic, September 2011)

     "The Great Recession has accelerated the hollowing-out of the American middle class. And it has illuminated the widening divide between most of America and the super-rich. Both developments herald grave consequences. Here are some ideas of how we can bridge the gap between us."

Should Parents Marry for the Kids (New York Times, Opinion Pages, August 30, 2011)

    "The number of Americans who have children and live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970," Sabrina Tavernise wrote in The New York Times recently, adding that "children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones."

    Is that cause for concern? Does marriage contribute to a stable environment, or is it simply a sign that a family was already stable?

Oklahoma tops list of highest divorce rates (MSNBC, August 30, 2011)

     Low incomes and high poverty rates a major factor in making the list.

Disparities In Unintended Pregnancy Grow, Even As National Rate Stagnates (Guttmacher Institute, Media Center, August, 24, 2011)

    Substantial Progress Among Higher-Income Women Contrasts with Dramatic Increases Among the Poor.

More Unwed Parents Live Together, Report Finds (New York Times, August 16, 2011)

     The number of Americans who have children and live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report by the National Marriage Project released Tuesday. The report states that children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones.

Census Finds Families Changing In Oklahoma (The Oklahoman/NewsOK, July 17, 2011) :

     The number of nuclear families in the state fell in the last decade as other types of family structures grew, according to an analysis of 2010 census data.

     Number of gay couples raising children still few but growing type of family in Oklahoma, according to the latest census figures.

     At 65 years old, Geraldine Farmer never dreamed she'd be doing more than enjoying the twilight years with her husband, Alvin. But she is raising her three grandchildren alone. She's among the more than 79,000 Oklahoma grandparents raising grandchildren.

     More single parents are raising their children alone in Oklahoma, with single fathers representing the biggest percentage jump of 40 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2010.

     2010 census shows the number of residents living with same-sex partner up sharply over last 10 years.

  The Knee Center for Strong Families

All About Families


     The Knee Center believes that families are the backbone of strong communities. The family unit, in various forms, has been the foundation for communities throughout history. Legislation, program development, and services should reflect this reality. The Center's mission supports the belief that the strength of families determines the strength of the community.

What is a Strong and Healthy Family?

Dr. Julie Miller Cribbs (Tulsa) talks about what makes a strong and healthy family 

Strengthening Families: A Delphi Study in Oklahoma

The Knee Center conducted a Delphi study from 2009-2010 to assess the strengths and weaknesses of Oklahoma families, threats they face, and means to strengthen family life in our state. This information, gathered from key informants throughout the state, will be used to influence future policy and service programs that affect Oklahoma families. delphi_presentation.ppt

Read our recently published article by former Knee Scholars, Kathleen Romero and Jessica Crowder, and Director of the Knee Center, Ken Wedel: Practitioners' Views of Family Strengths: A Delphi Study