Address Substance Abuse & Mental Health
Children are more likely to use and abuse drugs when they grow up without an involved, responsible and committed father. Drugs and alcohol often serve as surrogates for children who experience lack of love and emotional connection from their fathers.
Father absence creates mental health issues as well. Research reveals that within one to three months, the child of a father absent home experiences nightmares, sleeplessness and night terrors. There is a strong correlation between father-absent and emotional and behavioral problems.
Here are a few stats:
- Children of single mothers show higher levels of aggressive behavior than children born to married mothers.
- Youth are more at risk of first substance use without a highly involved father.
National Fatherhood Initiative® works with community-based organizations to connect fathers to their children, because good dads fill that void and raise children who are less likely to use drugs.
Our experienced fatherhood specialists can work with you to create a customized solution to meet your specific community needs, build on our evidence- and research-based, field-tested programs.