Father’s Day Necessity: FATHERS

Prison. Homelessness. Obesity. Teen pregnancy. Drug abuse. Single parenthood. Dropping out of school. Unfortunately, if you grow up without a father in this country, you are far more likely to experience all of these.

We are experiencing an epidemic of fatherlessness today in America. You may hear this covered in the media on both sides of the aisle as a means to discuss the black community, but fatherlessness affects all races and all people, even those who grew up with two parents.

My parents got divorced when I was young. I was too young to remember any drama, but suddenly I was seeing my dad less and less. Weekly visits became monthly. Eventually, we talked just once or twice a year. We became familiar strangers. I never gave it much thought, but it turns out I was super lucky to have escaped the effects of fatherlessness.

Compared to children from two-parent households, fatherless kids have twice the risk of infant mortality according to the US Census Bureau. They are more likely to experience and perpetuate abuse and neglect. They are seven times more likely to become pregnant as teens, twice as likely to drop out of school, twice as likely to experience obesity

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