Are we in the midst of a fatherhood crisis? In a New York Times article about an ad campaign designed at getting Asian-American, American-Indian, and Hispanic fathers more involved in the lives of their children, Jane Levere highlights some eye-opening stats:
According to a survey by the National Fatherhood Initiative, a nonprofit organization, nine out of 10 parents believe there is a “father absence crisis” in America. And the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse has found that children who live without their biological fathers are, on average, two to three times more likely to have educational and health problems, be victims of child abuse and engage in criminal behavior than peers who live with their married biological or adoptive parents.
One-third of American children live without their biological father. Twenty million live in single-parent households.