According to recent figures from the Census Bureau, over 27 percent of children (more than 1 in 4) in the U.S. lived without a father in their home in 2017.
That is sad, but even more shocking are the ramifications. Children without fathers are:
- 5 times more likely to live in poverty
- 5 times more likely to commit crimes
- 9 times more likely to drop out of school
- 20 times more likely to end up in prison
“The epidemic of fatherlessness causes a strain on young lives and leaves many young men with the burden of trying to figure out how to be a good man without any solid examples to look at,” writes Carl Kozlowski.
“Ninety-four percent of the prison population is male, 85 percent of which are without fathers,” cites Donald Miller.
This is a sobering reality to think about.
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