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Family Life

The Conference supports legislation that promotes strong, stable and healthy families. It also supports legislation that promotes adoption and provides resources for adoptive families.

The Church recognizes the basic family unit - mother, father, and children - as the foundation given by nature to all human society and future generations.

Public policies should give priority to promoting marriage, keeping families intact, and to providing all children with a stable, healthy, and nurturing home.

All families raising children, whether they are headed by biological, adoptive, or single parents, grandparents or guardians, must have access to decent jobs and family-friendly work environments, good schools, and the basic necessities of food, clothing, housing and healthcare.

"No country on earth, no political system can think of its own future otherwise than through the image of these new generations that will receive from their parents the manifold heritage of values, duties and aspirations of the nation to which they belong and of the whole human family. Concern for the child ... is the primary and fundamental test of the relationship of one human being to another."

- Pope John Paul II, Address to the United Nations, 1979