Every day in America, there are 24 to 25 million children living without fathers in their homes. The research is clear: Children desperately need and want both parents in their lives. Furthermore, federal data shows the startling impact of single parenting. Consider that, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Justice, and a Census Bureau report, children raised by single parents account for:
• 63 percent of teen suicides;
• 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions;
• 71 percent of high school drop-outs;
• 75 percent of children in chemical abuse centers;
• 85 percent of those in prison;
• 85 percent of children who exhibit behavioral disorders; and
• 90 percent of homeless and runaway children.
The data is compounded by a growing amount of research showing children need ample time with both parents. In 2014 alone, three groups of child development researchers and practitioners endorsed shared parenting in most circumstances.
The goal of Every Father Counts is to minimize the number children living in America without clear access to the positive influences that fathers have to offer through advocacy and offer fathers a set of programs to support them to navigate through difficult life situations.
These culturally diverse programs offer a comprehensive range of services including individual and family counseling, job training, financial literacy, healthy marriage workshops, anger management training, parent-child enrichment activities, legal workshops and consultations, as well as employment assistance.
To get engaged in our Town Halls please click on the link http://www.meetup.com/Non-Custodial-Parent-Town-Hall-Meeting/