Welcome to part three of a series dedicated to explaining the vision of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. Today, we examine the third part of our vision – a Kansas where families thrive.
“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.” These are the words of Winston Churchill, spoken in honor of the birth of Prince Charles in 1948. These words remain true today.
At Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, we believe that God’s design for the family is the foundation of a free and prosperous society. Social science proves what we know to be true: Families are best able to provide for the creation, protection, provision and training of children who become healthy, productive adults. In short, where families thrive, people flourish; where the family is diminished, government grows, and people suffer.
For too long, the importance of family has been taken for granted, even as society has chipped away at it. The normalization of divorce, infidelity, out of wedlock birth, premarital sex and cohabitation, same-sex relationships, and more has steadily undone our society’s understanding and appreciation of family. Now, we look at a country suffering from a thousand ills – from lack of educational attainment to poverty to crime – and wonder, “What happened?”
There are no silver bullets in life, but reaffirming and encouraging strong, stable family formation is as close as it gets. We should be in the business of encouraging and empowering families. This includes supporting state policies and programs that encourage parents to stay together and raise their children; empowering parents to assume control of their children’s education; highlighting the uniquely beneficial roles that men and women, fathers and mothers, bring to the family; and offering appropriate support to our single parents, guardians, relatives raising children, foster parents and those wishing to adopt.
Some say, “It takes a village.” At Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, we say, “It takes a family.”
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President and Executive Director