Fatherlessness in the newS

April 20, 2017 - newsok.com Prayer breakfast speaker invites crowd to divine nuptials
Meanwhile, in his keynote speech, Philpot said he has learned through his judicial role that the number one crisis facing America is fatherlessness. He also said "marriage is disappearing" and divorce is "way more tragic than you think it is."

April 17, 2017 - newbostonpost.com No Father - No Peace
"Again, the issue of is not simply racial. In my mostly-white state of Maine, 43 percent of births in 2013 were to single mothers, according to the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Its investigation reported that the situation is “creating a generation of children who struggle in school, will have a hard time qualifying for a decent job, and are more likely to have run-ins with the law and suffer from mental health problems."

March 23, 2017 - wsbt.com Another boy is murdered as policy feeds poverty
"Yet government just shrugs as if nothing can be done about it, even as government is always clamoring for more legislation to alter behavior — to tax cigarettes more to deter smoking, to tax sugary drinks and fast food to deter obesity, to require motorcyclists to wear helmets, and so forth — even as the targeted problems are not a fraction as serious as those of fatherless children."

March 23, 2017 - wsbt.com Groups hope mentors can step in for 'fatherless generation' in Elkhart County
"FBI data shows that 70 percent of children who are in jail don't have a father figure in their life. Statistics show kids who are father-deprived are also twice as likely to quit school and 11 times more likely to be violent."

February 11, 2017 - The Guardian Fathers help create happy families, but the state neglects their role
"Family is by far the most important influence on a child’s life. Yet family policy is a relatively modern invention: 30 years ago, the state played a very limited role beyond the financial in directly supporting families. There have been many positive developments since then, but family policy continues to place too little emphasis on fatherhood. "

February 10, 2017 - Thy Black Man Who’s Your Daddy?
"Black mothers can not replace the complete absence of a father figure by increasing their involvement with their children. In fact, it is those children without a father figure in their lives who engage in fewer activities and talk about fewer issues with their mothers all together. "

February 1, 2017 - Journal Inquirer Legislators are starting to notice Connecticut is being eaten alive
"The more DCF chews state government's leg off, the more legislators seem obliged to consider how much money could be saved if there wasn't so much child neglect and abuse and particularly so much fatherlessness and whether public policies have had anything to do with the explosion of those pathologies. Eight hundred million dollars a year forever might seem worth a question or two, like: Where are all the messed-up kids coming from?."

Jan 31, 2017 - Goshen News Elkhart County needs mentors to combat 'fatherless epidemic'
"How can grown men not accept the most cherished responsibility they have,” he said, noting that fathers stepping away from a child often has to do with troubled relations with the mother. “Most of what we’ve seen is a dad not present because of stress with Mom, not because of the kids."

November 29, 2016 - MercatorNet Fatherhood: the antidote to the poverty problem
"In the overwhelming majority of divorce cases in many countries, custody of the children is given to the mother.9 Although children who are victims of divorce still have a father, the severing of their parents’ marriage often severs the consistent influence from the father."

October 25, 2016 - The Daily Caller The Day After The Election: Sound The Alarm
"New research is showing that White Working Class neighborhoods now struggle with joblessness, fatherlessness, and drug abuse at rates comparable to inner city slums in places like South Chicago or East Los Angeles."

September 27, 2016 - Yahoo 5 Things Every Fatherless Daughter Needs to Know
"In our research we found that at least one in three women see themselves as fatherless. The majority of them felt that losing the bond with their fathers deeply affected multiple areas of their lives, including their emotional and physical health. Their number one fear was being abandoned again, and their main coping mechanism was isolation."

September 25, 2017 – Valley Morning Star Dysfunctional parenting: Are we really failing our youth?
"Today 34 percent of youth (24 million) live absent their biological father. Data from the Texas Department of Corrections tells us that 85 percent of inmates came from fatherless homes; and that percentage still holds true for youthful offenders. The U.S. Department of health tells us that 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. The Centers for Disease Control tell us that 85 percent of children who show behavior disorders come from a fatherless home. The National Principles Association tells us that 71 percent of school dropouts come from fatherless homes. In fact, children who live absent their biological father are, on average, two to three times more to be poor, to use alcohol and other drug substances, to experience health, educational, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior more than their peers who live with married, biological (or adoptive) parents."

September 12, 2016 – New Haven Register New Haven event to celebrate importance of fathers
"According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers or in fatherless homes. Studies consistently show that children who have a father present in their life are more likely to do well in school, demonstrate fewer behavioral challenges, and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as substance abuse and criminal activity, according to a release from officials of the state Department of Children and Families."

August 27, 2016 – Kearney Hub Fatherhood should lead president’s legacy list
"Too many American children are being born and raised in fatherless homes. Growing up without a father’s love, guidance and financial support is tough. According to Kids Count, a research project of the Annie B. Casey Foundation, almost half of American children are born to single parents. The rate is higher among blacks. This trend is cheating future generations, and it’s draining our nation’s financial resources. Expensive and impersonal government programs just can’t take the place of caring, committed fathers."

August 26, 2016 – New Hampshire Union Leader Another View -- Jim Rubens: Black fatherhood matters
"Among blacks, 66 percent live in a home without married parents. Where 21 percent of white children live without their biological father in the home, for black children, 58 percent live without their biological father. 71 percent of all teens with a drug or alcohol abuse disorder, 70 percent of all teen pregnancies, and 60 percent of all rapists grew up in a fatherless home."

August 24, 2016 – The Daily Caller A Social Policy For Donald Trump
"Virtually every social pathology is directly connected to fatherless homes (not to poverty or race)."

August 22, 2016 – Observer Dispatch MORGAN: Where are all the dads?
"Yes, there are other ingredients. Other causes. But this is the biggie. This is the underpinning. This is the linchpin. The catalyst. We know what it is. Sociologists know. Criminologists know. Various and assorted ologists know. Cops and preachers know. Teachers and shopkeepers know. Mothers know. The evil ingredient is also the one that can improve the situation more than any other. It is called Dad.""

August 20, 2016 – Journal Inquirer Free meals are not nearly enough for Connecticut's neglected kids
"Rather it was another indication of Connecticut's impoverishment and social disintegration as well as its political ineptitude. For not so long ago in Connecticut nearly all children had parents who did their damnedest to see that their kids were fed and clothed decently. Now, of course, quite apart from the hard times the state is experiencing, 40 percent or more of children in the state have only one parent or are in the custody of a grandparent, and in the state's cities the fatherlessness rate approaches 90 percent."

July 31, 2016 – Des Moines Register Black fathers matter in search for race solutions
"The following data show how the absence of fathers impacts youth:"
  • Children in fatherless homes are five times more likely to be at or below the poverty level.
  • 63 percent of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
  • 71 percent of high school dropouts are from fatherless homes.
  • 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.

July 3, 2016 – Jamaica Observer We must encourage responsible fatherhood to reduce crime
"Research done in the Caribbean, the United States and the United Kingdom show that fatherless children are 11 times more likely to display violent behaviour; nine times more likely to run away from home, becoming victims or perpetrators of crime; twice as likely to drop out of school; six times more likely to have behavioural disorders; six times more likely to end up in prison; nine times more likely to become gang members and more than twice as likely to experience teen pregnancy, among other outcomes. There is no doubt that fatherlessness is socially destructive and this has implications for all of society. Even the names of some of our violent gangs are telling such as the ‘Fatherless Crew’."

June 17, 2016 – Daily Caller Republicans Should Man Up On Fatherlessness
"Historically, between 33 percent and 50 percent of children whose family experiences divorce lose complete contact with one parent within 3 years. Using the low estimate, U.S. Family Courts create a fatherless child every single minute of every single day."

June 17, 2016 – Harlan Daily Enterprise Fathers make a difference
"According to this information, 63 percent of suicides amount youth happen in fatherless homes. Homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes 90 percent of the time. Children with behavior disorders come from homes without a father 85 percent of the time. Rapists with anger issues are 80 percent likely to come from homes missing a father. High school dropout rates include 71 percent coming from fatherless homes. The list goes on and on."

June 16, 2016 – St. Claire News Fathering the Fatherless
"“It’s an epidemic,” Nix said, “I think it’s a crisis in America that hardly anyone talks about and it’s the root cause of so many problems.” He believes that crime, teenage pregnancy and so many other problems plaguing our society would be eradicated if we had more loving, supportive fathers in the home."

June 16. 2016 – USA Today Obama's next project should be fatherhood: Column
"We face a vicious cycle of absent father households creating large disadvantages for the sons of those fathers, reinforcing the gender gap in educational attainment and labor market advancement."

June 15, 2016 – Sacramento Observer Legacy Celebration Addresses Fatherlessness in Sacramento For Father’s Day Weekend
"Fatherlessness has become a pandemic social disease in our society negatively affecting 30 million children nationwide and more than 200,000 children in the Sacramento region."

June 14, 2016 - Journal Star No one is Fatherless
"America is rapidly becoming a fatherless society, or perhaps more accurately, an absentee father society. The importance and influence of fathers in families has been in significant decline since the Industrial Revolution and is now reaching critical proportions."

June 14. 2016 - National Post (Canada) Barbara Kay: Want to help society? Let kids know their fathers
Fatherlessness is a greater predictor than poverty for negative outcomes in children. It is the common denominator for adolescent murderers (72 per cent), imprisoned rapists (60 per cent), and juveniles sentenced to state institutions (70 per cent). Other amply researched negative outcomes strongly linked with fatherlessness are poor scholastic achievement, low self-esteem and gang association."

June 9, 2016 - Examiner Celebrating Father's Day 2016 Amid Rising Fatherlessness in America
"That’s because fatherlessness is now said to be the biggest family and social problem we face today. Indeed, fathers.com goes so far as to say that, “If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.”"

May 19, 2016 - Daily Caller Fatherlessness: What Are Republicans Doing About It?
"The already large and still growing collection of research confirming fathers’ importance shows that fatherlessness is a root cause of so many of society’s ills from crime to income inequality to public budgets."

April 27, 2016 – Ocala Star Banner Editorial: A look at the fatherless crisis
“It is a major, maybe the major socioeconomic, indeed, familial issue facing Ocala/Marion County and the country today.”

April 21, 2016 – Meridian Star Green Valentine
"I read that in a survey of public school teachers in 1940, the top disciplinary problems listed included talking out of turn, chewing gum, running in the halls, dress-code violations, and littering. More than a half century later, the problems teachers contend with are drug and alcohol abuse, pregnancy, suicide, rape, robbery, and assault. Teachers and administrators say that things are worse for students now than ever before. One junior high school teacher commented, “I can’t believe the things they do to themselves and to each other.” A kindergarten teacher recently told me that her five and six year old students are restless, angry, and some even have the addictive habit of cutting themselves. A grandmother told me that her grandson, whom she is raising, has admitted to having suicidal thoughts. He is ten years old. Many children have a daily struggle to survive. Bullying happens in schools and on internet social media, and it often causes teens to commit suicide. Poverty and fatherless homes may be the reason for many of these problems today, but there is also the curse of addiction which invades even the best of homes."

Feb 21, 2016 – Ocala Star Banner Fatherless kids pay the price
"Study after study has found that children from fatherless homes are more likely to be discipline problems, do poorly in school, to abuse alcohol and drugs, to commit suicide, to be victims of sexual abuse, to drop out of school, to commit crimes, to suffer emotional problems and to have little or no contact with their fathers"

February 16, 2016 – PJ Media Why Aren't We Discussing Fatherlessness?
"Children raised without a father in the home are more at risk for dropping out of school, using drugs, having emotional problems, and becoming involved in crime, just to name a few."

February 11, 2016 – Southeast Missourian Area lawmakers seek joint child custody as default setting for couples?
"Wallingford referred to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice showing single-parent homes account for 63 percent of teen suicides, 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions, 71 percent of high-school dropouts and 85 percent of children in prison. “Most fatherlessness is not caused by abandonment; it’s created by an outdated court system,” Wallingford said. “Kids need both parents, and this is in the best interest of the child.”"

July 14, 2015 – The Federalist Guess Which Mass Murderers Came From A Fatherless Home
"It’s no coincidence that, much like the number of fatherless children, the number of mass shootings has exploded since the 1960s. Throughout the entire 1960s, six mass shootings took place. That number doubled in 1970. Heck, 2012 alone saw more mass shootings than the sixties did."

June 18, 2015 – Elite Daily America leads the industrialized world in fatherlessness.
"Women are also about six times likelier to get sole custody of their children after separating from their fathers. In some cases, men even go to jail for falling behind on child support payments. In South Carolina, for example, about one out of seven inmates are imprisoned for this very reason, and 75 percent of them were unemployed or having trouble finding work. How sending them to jail will help them, their families, or taxpayers is a mystery. And. again, for children with fathers, dads are missing out on crucial bonding time."

June 8, 2015 – Fox Wilmington (NC) Combating fatherlessness in southeastern North Carolina
"According to Communities in Schools officials, one middle school in Wilmington has 253 students, but only 4 of those students live at home with their biological father. It's this startling statistic that has the Communities in Schools - Cape Fear Branch scrambling to recruit more male role models as a part of their Cape Fear Fathers campaign. The organization's main goal is to prevent high school dropouts. Communities in Schools officials say 71 percent of high school dropouts are fatherless."

March 18, 2015 – CNS News The Plague of Fatherlessness
"It is very clear that fatherlessness imposes significant costs upon fatherless children individually and collectively, and also upon society. Society could reduce the tragedy by creating legal, economic and social incentives for in-home parenting, and by imposing legal, economic and social dis-incentives for parents who abandon children and fail to exercise regular, reasonable and responsible parenting – including visitation of their children not in their custody. Visitation by a non-custodial parent has been deemed a parental privilege in family law. Perhaps it is time to reform visitation law to make it clear that regular, responsible parental association and activity with children by the non-custodial parent is also an important social responsibility. It is a duty not only of non-custodial fathers, but which custodial mothers also have a duty to facilitate."

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