Social policy, a government plan or action aimed at improving society, has a significant effect on the social institution of the family. Governments put in place laws and policies that reflect the values of their society, but these policies can also influence patterns of behavior. Social policies related to health and social services, welfare benefits, education, foster care, and adoption affect how families function within a society. For example, laws and policies related to breastfeeding in public, mandatory education, or tax credits for families with children impact the family as a social institution.Many social policies related to labor and employment impact the family. For example, policies in support of equal pay, flexible work schedules, childcare, and maternity and paternity leave shape social patterns related to who works, how people work, and when and how people start families. Countries with policies supporting the family structure tend to have lower rates of violence and higher rates of life satisfaction overall.