By Melanie Miller, Development Director Community Vision
June 19, 2016 Father’s Day around the globe will recognize “dads” everywhere. A great deal of attention, love and laughter will be directed to the man that holds that title. For those of us with special bonds and lifetime of memories of what “Father” has meant to our lives, we are blessed. To those wonderful special men… we are so very grateful.
About 80% of the world’s men and boys will become fathers in their lifetime. Their actions throughout their children’s lives can have profound effects for the good.
In the United States a large number of children will not be celebrating “Father’s Day” because they have no Father in the home. There is a Fatherless crisis in America.
According to the National Fatherhood Initiative and the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America—one out of three—live without their biological dad in the home. Not only is Father absent but in more than half of those homes the child has no connection or relationship with a biological Dad.
There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail. Ninety-two (92%) of parents in prison are fathers. 57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.
According to the National Center for Fathering; 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America. 90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems.
America is awash in poverty, crime, drugs and other problems, but more than perhaps anything else, it all comes down to this, said Vincent DiCaro, Vice President of the National Fatherhood Initiative: “Deal with absent fathers, and the rest follows”.
Men walking away from families is a vicious cycle, boys raised in fatherless households do not tend to grow into men who raise children. The opposite is true. In inner cities the numbers are staggering. The near-total absence of male role models has ripped a hole the size of half the population in urban areas.
Geographically the Southern States are the very worst for fatherlessness. According to U.S. Census 57% of children living in Osceola County are in fatherless households.
Globally the trends in fatherhood are very different and in many cases improving. The first step in change is to educate. The State of World Father’s is monitoring progress of numerous organizations dedicated to increasing advocacy of fatherhood.
Led by the global fatherhood campaign MenCare, this meta-analysis of hundreds of studies across every data-logging country on earth reveals broad patterns — both positive and negative — of fatherhood across the globe.
The UN recognizes fatherlessness as critical and in 2015 the first summit and 288 page report was released. Special funding has been provided to address global change creating mass media campaigns that address the powerful benefits and effects of Fatherhood.
Fatherhood must be nurtured. It must be appreciated and valued. Those Fathers that are doing a great job making the role of Dad something to take pride in, should get all of our appreciation. In the world of fathering some fun and wonderful men are taking to social media to share, guide and most of all appreciate fatherhood.
This Father’s Day appreciate the Dad in your life. If you are from the Fatherless world then celebrate anyway… celebrate that being a Father is worth aspiring to, worth honoring, worth our regard.
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