About 40% of U.
S. children will go to sleep in homes
in which their fathers do not live.
Over 50% of our nation's children
are likely to spend a significant
portion of childhood living apart
fathers. Never before in this country
have so many children been torn away
from their fathers. Never before have
so many children grown up without
knowing what it means to have a father.
Wade Horn, National Fatherhood
Initiative, recently identified the
top ten father facts.
An estimated 24.7 million children
(36.3%) live absent their biological
There are almost 17 million children
(25%) living with their single
1.25 million or 32% of all births
in 1995 were out-of-wedlock. Today
nearly 4 out of 10 first marriages
end in divorce, 60% of divorcing
couples have children, and over one
million children each year experience
the divorce of their parents.
One out of every six children is a
There are nearly 1.9 million single
fathers with children under 18.
4 out every 10 cohabiting
couples have children present and
of children born to cohabiting couples,
only 4 out of 10 will see their parents
marry. Those who do marry experience
a 50% higher divorce rate.
About 40% of the children who live
in fatherless households haven't seen
their fathers in at least a year while
50% of children who don't live with
their fathers have never stepped foot
in their father's home.
Children who live absent their biological
fathers, on average, are more likely
to be poor, experience educational,
health, emotional, and psychological
problems, be victims of child abuse,
and engage in criminal behavior than
their peers who live with their married,
biological mother and father.
Numerous investigators have examined
the important role a father plays
in his child's cognitive development.
A positive relationship has been found
between the amount of social stimulation
(rocking, talking, looking, touching)
and an infant's level of mental ability.
In addition, research findings suggest
that a father's presence
affects the cognitive development
of his son in early infancy; baby
boys whose fathers live with them
score higher on cognitive measures
than baby boys whose fathers are absent.
The amount of interaction between
a baby boy and his live-in father
also affects the infant's intellectual
growth; more frequent contact is associated
with higher scores on cognitive development
Research further indicates that a
father's availability, as well as
a father's presence or absence, affects
older children's academic performance.
In a study of third-grade boys, Blanchard
and Biller (1971) concluded, "underachievers,
who were working below grade level,
came from homes where the father had
left before the child was 5. The superior
academic performers were the boys
whose fathers were present and highly
available." A survey of over
20,000 parents found when fathers
are involved in their children's education
including attending meetings and volunteering,
children were more likely to receive
an A, enjoy school, participate in
and less likely to be retained.
The country is in deep trouble when
people who have sworn an oath to protect
its fundamental laws, and are placed
in positions of trust and power, conspire
against it. They must be forced
to recognize the fact that the non-custodial
parents of this great Nation are banding
together, we will fight the corruption