Nearly 85% of all incarcerated youth grew up in a fatherless home and 1 of every 3 children in America are living in a home without his or her biological father. The fact is fatherlessness far surpasses both poverty and race as a predictor of social deviance. The absence of a positive male figure leaves fractures in the foundation of early childhood development, leading to a multitude of emotional and behavioral shortfalls. As adults, these individuals experience limitations in opportunities and lack skills and abilities to compete in the marketplace which results in a sub-cultural life-style in which violence, crime, disrespect for authority and anti-mainstream practices and beliefs become the norm for behavior and actions.
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the MOST VALUABLE assets in our society. -Unknown
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