The Family Foundation is committed to the fact, and social science has now clearly demonstrated, that children do best when raised by their own biological mother and father who are committed to one another in a lifelong marriage. Indeed, the data demonstrate that adults also thrive in this same family structure. Other forms of the family often arise from rejection or ambivalence between the parents, before or after marriage. This may include ambivalence about marriage (cohabitation), or the rejection by one of the parents of the other, as is the case in divorce, remarried step families (where there is almost always a history of rejection for at least one of the spouses), single parenthood, or step-cohabiting parenthood. Regardless, every one of these parents needs love and support as they perform the noble and difficult task of parenting.
The Family Foundation strongly supports adoption, particularly as an alternative to abortion or foster care. The purpose of adoption is not to provide children for adults who want them, but to provide families for children so they get the experience of intact married family life as much as possible. Adoption policy should therefore include a primary preference for placing children with a married mother and father, as long as such are available.
The family is the great generator, and the intact family the greatest generator, of human capital (knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits of the individual), and of much financial savings and capital as well. The vast majority of small businesses (out of which eventually grow the large businesses of the nation) begin as family businesses, started on the savings of family and relatives, and on the human capital formed by parental investment in the education of children.