The Absence of a Father
The disorder and decay in virtually every arena of society is an indication to the fact that the human family has moved further and further away from God and His plan of blessing for mankind. The absence of a father effect has tentacles that touch many of the issues our communities face today. These effects touch education, affordable housing, poverty,widespread criminal activity, drug, alcohol, and sexual abuse along with economic chaos and an increasing plethora of personal psychological and physiological health issues leaving us exasperated and asking the question: “ How did we get here and what can we do to change our communities around?”
We don’t have to look far to see the effects of fatherlessness.
- Boys born to teen mothers are more than 2 1/2 times likely to father a child between ages 14-26.
- In 2003 one out of three children were born to unmarried parents.
- 54% of female high school seniors say they believe that having a child outside of marriage is a worthwhile lifestyle.
- 63% of black children, 35% of Latino children and 28% of Caucasian children are living in homes absent their biological father.
(Source: Father Facts 5th edition — National Fatherhood Initiative)
The Fatherless Represent:
- 90% of homeless and runaway children
- 85% of children with behavioral disorders
- 85% of YOUTH IN PRISON
- 80% of RAPISTS
- 75% of CHILDREN IN CHEMICAL ABUSE CENTERS
- 71% of High School Dropouts
- 63% of TEEN SUICIDES
- 47% of Convicted Thrill Killers & Sex Murderers (according to FBI research)
(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.childrensjustice.org/fatherlessness2.htm)