Improve Child Welfare
Father absence is not one single issue. With 24 million children going through their day without the love and support of their father, we are facing a crisis in child well being that affects all aspects of child welfare.
- Children from father-absent homes are more likely to be abused.
- Studies show that a “father hunger” appears in children within 1-3 months after a father is suddenly absent, causing the child to experience nightmares, sleeplessness, and night terrors.
- A study of 3,400 middle schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an affective disorder.
- The presence of a child’s father in the home lowers the likelihood that a child will be abused. One possible reason for this connection is the very important role that fathers often play as the “protector” of their children. The facts are clear that children are safe when their dad lives in their home.
For these reasons and more, it is important to provide father focused, skill-building resources that helps fathers not only understand their role as a man, but also the importance of their involvement as a father.