Expenditures on Children by Families

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion uses a variety of official data sources to accurately estimate the cost of raising a child born in 2015. The researchers found that it will cost about $233,610 to raise a child through the age of 17. The report breaks down what this money goes towards while putting the figures in context and highlighting the current trends for each category of expense.

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Tamar Birckhead

Delinquent By Reason of Poverty

In mid-November, an 8-year-old boy in Birmingham, Alabama, was charged with the murder of a 1-year-old girl named Kelci Lewis. Authorities announced that late on Oct. 10, the girl’s mother and a friend had left six children, none older than 8, at the home unsupervised.

Nigel Vann

Supporting Young Fathers in Their Parenting Journey

While some young fathers talk of the birth of their child as “the best day of my life,” others recall feelings of shock and confusion when they first heard they were about to become a father. As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, I reflect on the challenges that many young fathers face.