Conference pushes collaboration, family participation to lift struggling families

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Media Outlet: Press of Atlantic City

Making the work increasingly difficult is the change in family dynamics that’s occurred during the past several decades, said Mia Birdsong, co-director of Family Story.

The Washington, D.C.-based, organization fosters public conversation about a wide range of family arrangements that includes dealing with things such as decreasing marriage rates, more children born out of wedlock and those married later in life, Birdsong said.

Government policies and practices “aren’t keeping up with the change in the families,” she said.

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Mia Birdsong was a 2016 New America CA fellow. She is co-director of Family Story, and previously served as vice president of the Family Independence Initiative.