A single parent family is a household in which one parent is responsible for raising and caring for the children. This can occur due to various circumstances, such as divorce, separation, death of a spouse, or a conscious decision to become a single parent. Single parent families have become increasingly common in today's society, redefining the traditional notion of a family. It's easy to feel alone when you're a single parent, but we're here to tell you that you're not! Frolo is an inclusive, bustling community of single parent families, just like yours. Welcome!
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are just under 3 million single-parent households across the UK, which equates to approximately 15% of all households.
The ONS also reports that in 2022, there were over 2.94 million single parent families in the United Kingdom. Gingerbread, a charity supporting single parents, states that there are around 1.8 million single parents in the UK, making up nearly a quarter of families with dependent children.
The ONS defines a single-parent family as a household where there is one adult with dependent children. Single-parent families come in various forms, including divorced parents, widowed parents, non-married parents who split up, and parents who are single by choice. Each type of single-parent family has its own unique dynamics and challenges.
Understanding the number of single-parent families in the UK provides insight into the experiences and needs of this significant portion of the population. It highlights the importance of support systems, resources, and policies that can help single parents navigate the challenges they may face. More importantly, it shows us how every member of the single parent community is united by common challenges and goals. And that’s what Frolo is all about, after all!
There are different types of single parenting families, each with its own unique dynamics and challenges. These include:
Along with these main groups there are a host of intersections that also make a parent’s single parent family unique. At Frolo you’ll find your people, no matter how alone you feel at the start of your single parenting journey. We’re all in this together!
When you download the Frolo app, you can use the discover tab to find single parent families near you or online. You can search by gender, location, age, kids and your parenting set up, to include solo parents, widowed parents, LGBTQ+ parents and more.