(CNSNews) Children raised by their married, biological mother and father have better lives and rely less on government programs, a pair of studies by a family advocacy group finds.

The Index of Family Belonging and Rejection measured the number of children being raised by their married parents in U.S. cities and states, and the report, “U.S. Social Policy: Dependence on the Family,” correlated those statistics with dependence on government social programs like food stamps and welfare.

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