American Families: State of the Working Class 
A Forum with the Nation's Leading Experts on Family Policy and Child Well-Being
Family structure and marriage dynamics have changed substantially in recent years, and have led to declines in the well-being of children, particularly in working-class families. And family instability has mounted at a time when economic inequality is on the rise and concerns about social mobility are growing. 
These issues surface often in social policymaking debates and even in the presidential campaign. This briefing will present evidence on what we know about the state of American families, marriage, and the extent to which policy has been promoting healthy outcomes for children. Please join us for a stimulating and timely conversation with experts in the field. 
Hill policy briefing on the American working-class, mobility and child well-being: What we know and how policy can make a difference.
Friday, February 12, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
385 Russell Senate Office Building
  • Michael GersonModerator; columnist, The Washington Post and former speechwriter in the second Bush administration 
  • Andrew Cherlin , Professor of Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University; author of Labor's Love Lost: The Rise and Fall of the Working-Class Family in America
  • Ron Haskins , Co-Director, Center on Children and FamiliesBudgeting for National Priorities, Brookings Institution
  • Sara McLanahan , Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University; principal investigator, Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study and Editor-in-Chief,  The Future of Children
  • Robert Putnam , Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University; author of Our Kids: the American Dream in Crisis
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Briefing jointly sponsored by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and co-hosted by The American Academy of Political and Social Science  and The Annie E. Casey Foundation.