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Improving Child Well-Being

Improve Child Well-Being

No issue hurts children more than widespread father absence. Today, 1 in 3 children in America live apart from their biological fathers. In many urban communities, the father absence rates are closer to 80 percent. Unfortunately, most of these children have limited contact with their nonresident dads. This leads to a host of risks to their well-being, from teen pregnancy to drug abuse, to poverty, to poor performance at school.

For example:

  • Children from father-absent homes are two times more likely to be obese
  • The poverty rate among children in father-absent homes is 4 times higher than among children in two-parent homes

By implementing fatherhood programs that are enmeshed within state, local, or county initiatives, you can have maximum impact on your community and reach more fathers at a macro level. Since the mid-1990s, National Fatherhood Initiative has assisted many states, counties, and localities in their efforts to build a comprehensive approach to connecting fathers to their children, heart to heart. 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.

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