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In Utah, 19% of kids come from single-parent homes

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The number of children who are growing up in single-parent homes has risen to nearly 170,000, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

For many parents raising children primarily alone, it can feel like they are drowning. 

ABC4 Meteorologist Adam Carroll opened up about his first few months living as a single dad. His son, Blake, was born earlier this year. 

“Where do I begin?,” Carroll laughed. “I always worry myself, does [Blake] actually realize I’m around?,” said the working father. Carroll can be seen on weekdays on ABC4 News. He typically works nights, and his demanding schedule takes him away from his son, who stays with a friend.  

“It’s all about the support system you have around you,” he said. “And I have a pretty good one.”

Still, statistics show children who grow up in single-parent homes are more likely to drop out of school and experience other challenges. That’s why there are resources available in Utah, to help make the journey of single parenthood a little easier. 

Carroll is part of a growing trend: the number of households run by single fathers across the U.S. in 2017 was up to 16 percent, up from just four percent a decade ago. 

ABC’s new comedy “Single Parents” follows five dysfunctional parents as they navigate the world of single parenthood. 

Carroll said there’s definitely enough comedy in his own single dad life to write several sitcoms. 

The main thing he’s learned is to ask for help. 

“Speak up,” said Carroll. “Don’t think you can do it by yourself.”

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