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Risks of Father-Absent Homes

Consider the following:

  • One out of three children in the U.S. do not live with their biological fathers.
  • Nearly 40 percent of children in father-absent homes live in poverty.
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.
  • Children in father-absent homes are significantly more likely to be incarcerated.

What can churches do to strengthen father-absent homes?

US Census Bureau
Harper, Cynthia C. and Sara S. McLanahan. “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 14 (September 2004): 369-397.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Survey on Child Health. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1993.
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