Single mothers ■
No group of people is at greater risk of poverty than single mothers. Many divorced women who become trapped in a low-income cycle. Many of her divorced friends have asked for her legal advice in the past.
Here's why so many children in single-parent households struggle:
As a single mother with vital demands upon a limited income, a woman's options are limited. She might feel trapped as she contemplates what she might do to increase her family's standard of living. (Read one single mother's story from the Ensign here.) If she wants to go back to school, when and how? She can't afford to give up her job, and she doesn't know where the money for tuition will come from.
The nearest LDS Employment Center is a good place to begin. These centers, with offices throughout the world, can provide resources such as aptitude and interest tests and information about financial aid. And going back to school is another option, especially if financial assistance and/or evening or online classes are available.
Some scholarships for single mothers:
Of course, single mothers who have completed their educations like Carol also face challenges balancing work and family life. Employers with single mothers on their staff can help in several ways.
"Despite the pain that being separated from my children brings, there is also a deep satisfaction that I can provide for them in ways that no one else will. I feel deeply humbled and blessed that I am able to do both, in some ways to be both mother and father to them when they need it."
_“We did a study that found if there wasn’t a wage gap, the poverty rates for single moms would be cut in half, and the poverty rates for dual earner families would be cut by about 25 percent.”
-The Institute for Women's Policy Research