• Fifteen million U.S children, or 1 in 3 live without a father.
  • In all but 11 states, most black children do not live with both parents, 77%white and 61% hispanics to 25%black live with both parents
  • In Livingston County, (Near Rochester, N.Y.) 56% of children referred to community service live with their mother and 23% live with both parents 
  • •Father Factor in Poverty
  • –Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor.  In 2011, 12 percent of children in married couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother only families.
  • •Father Factor in Behavioral Problems – Children born to single mothers show higher levels of aggressive behavior than children born to married mothers.
  • Father Factor in Incarceration – Youths in father-absent households had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families.

In fact, our President, President Obama grew up without a father.
 “You know…don’t get me wrong. As the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me, with the help of my grandparents, you know, I turned out O.K.,” he continued. “But at the same time, I wish I had a father who was around and involved.”Image