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?Sources
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.