More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If fatherlessness were classified as a disease, it would be considered an epidemic—worthy of attention as a national emergency. The following research statistics reveal the dramatic increased risk to children when the father is absent:
Fatherlessness is associated with almost every societal ill facing our country’s children.
- 24.7 million children (33%) live absent from their biological father
- 17.7 million children grades 1-12 (39%) with absent biological father
- 57.6% black children
- 31.2% hispanic children
- 20.7% white children
There is significant evidence that in one and two-parent homes, a high percentage, approaching 50% in some areas, have dads that are either physically and/or emotionally absent.