Fathers disappear from households across America

In every state, the portion of families where children have two parents, rather than one, has dropped significantly over the past decade. Even as the country added 160,000 families with children, the number of two-parent households decreased by 1.2 million. Fifteen million U.S. children, or 1 in 3, live without a father, and nearly 5 million live without a mother. In 1960, just 11 percent of American children lived in homes without fathers.

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.

People “look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” he said.

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5 comments for “Fathers disappear from households across America

  1. josefrsr
    June 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    How about single mother accountability ever thought about that?

  2. June 13, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Reblogged this on berealblack.

  3. June 14, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    A very sad reality.

  4. rwhiston
    June 28, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I don’t buy into; “The predilection among men to walk away from their babies is concentrated in the inner cities. In Baltimore, 38 percent of families have two parents, and in St. Louis the portion is 40 percent.”
    This is merely a suprerficial conclusuion – if it can be called a conclusion at all ?
    The fact is ‘the state’, though its many policies, has made first permanent bonds and then temporary bonds with a woman a defacto hand grenade. Only the insane, dim, or the suicidally brave would dare to embark on a long-term relationship with a woman. And women have not realised this and are not doing anything to mitigate its impact. in fact the herd instinct of always blaming the man suits them fine.
    America will continue to be awash with crime and drugs etc until this issue is properly addressed. Absenbt fathers alone is not the problem – it is how fathers in general are treated that will be transformational.

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