Nov 15

Past Event

The Future of the Hispanic Family

Event Materials


A complex and important social structure in any population, the family is especially complex and increasingly important in the Hispanic population. Latinos account for all of the growth in recent years in the number of young adults in America in their prime marrying and childbearing years. This growth in population is primarily due to immigration and high fertility among immigrants. As a result, marriage, childbearing, and household formation often take place in the cauldron of change that is migration. For most Latinos, families are made and broken amid transformations in culture, economic footing, civic status, and identity.

On November 15, Brookings’s Center on Children and Families and the Annie E. Casey Foundation held a forum to discuss trends in marriage and childbearing in the Hispanic community and address what actions policy-makers and practitioners can take to strengthen Hispanic families and improve the well-being of children in these families. A new paper by Roberto Suro of the University of Southern California, “The Hispanic Family in Flux,” was released.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Overview

    • Roberto Suro

      Professor of Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California

  • Panel One

    • Representative Hilda Solis

      (D – California) U.S. House of Representatives

    • Rolando Diaz-Loving

      Professor of Psychology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Moderator

  • Panel Two

    • Lisa Trevino Cummins

      President, Urban Strategies

    • Charles Kamasaki

      Executive Vice President, National Council of La Raza

    • Frank Fuentes

      Deputy Director, Office of Head Start, Administration on Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    • Sylvia Garcia

      President and CEO, Avance


November 15, 2007

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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