Document Number: 5637Building Strong Families 2004 - This study examines the opinions of Latino and African American parents in identifying challenges facing the formation of strong families. While both groups of parents perceived themselves as successful parents and believed that the single most effective way to become better parents was to spend more time with their children, they each identified external, societal factors as key challenges. These included job losses in the community, protecting children from negative influences and the cost of health care. Additionally, many Latino parents face the burden of not knowing English well. Both groups lack parenting support, with almost 60% reporting only one source of support beyond their spouse or partner. (Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Marc Mannes, Peter C. Scales, Shenita Lewis and Brent Bolstrom, Abundant Assets Alliance, November 2004)...