Swimming against the current means being courageous and honest enough to face what is going on in our midst. Distinguishing the metrics on fatherlessness and facing the hard facts about it, its causes, and outcomes would be a decisive step towards freeing oneself from the current.  

Statistics overwhelmingly show that it is detrimental for children to grow up without a father in the home. TV shows and movies, even commercials, have a common theme of degrading men’s manhood or the role of the father or the husband in the family. The mother is usually placed at the pedestal, as if she is the only one the family needs to survive, unlike the father, who always seem to “mess” things up.  

I feel like there is an all-out war against men in general, and it comes in different forms that prevent the man from becoming a strong Christian leader in his home. It can be attacks of pornography, adultery, homosexuality, abuse, or passivity. Whatever it may be, Satan is doing something to keep men from becoming good husbands and dads and ultimately breaking down the family structure.  


Fatherless boys and girls are twice as likely to drop out of high school than their peers who have involved fathers. They are twice as likely to end up in jail and four times more likely to need help for emotional and behavioral problems.  

In the U.S., more than 64 million men say they are fathers. Sadly, only 26.5 million of these men said they are part of a home where they are married to a spouse or have a child under the age of 18 living there. Fathers are important. However, fathers are not always there. Taking the time to understand and reflect on the statistics on fatherless homes shows just how important the father is.  

Face these Facts

  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average. 
  • 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average. 
  • 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control) 
  • 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average.  (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26) 
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  (National Principals Association Report) 
  • 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes – 10 times the average. (Rainbows for all God’s Children)
  • 70% of youths in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sept. 1988)
  • 85% of all children in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)
  • 7 out of every ten youth housed in state-operated correctional facilities, including detention and residential treatment, come from a fatherless home. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • 39% of students in the United States, from the first grade to their senior year of high school, do not have a father at home. Children without a father are 4 times more likely to be living in poverty than children with a father. (National Public Radio)
  • 24.7 million children in the United States live in a home where their biological father is not present. That equates to 1 in every 3 children in the United States not having access to their father. (National Public Radio)
  • Girls who live in a fatherless home have a 100% higher risk of suffering from obesity than girls who have their fathers present. Teen girls from fatherless homes are also 4 times more likely to become mothers before 20. (National Public Radio)
  • 57% of the fatherless homes in the United States involved African-American/Black households. Hispanic households have a 31% fatherless rate, while Caucasian/White households have a 20% fatherless rate. (National Public Radio)
  • Even when poverty levels are equal, children who come from a two-parent home outperform children who come from a one-parent home. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • About 40% of children in the United States are born to mothers who are not married. Over 60% of these children were born to mothers under the age of 30%. (CDC)
  • 27% of single mothers were jobless for the entire year while taking care of their children. Only 22% of those out of work were receiving unemployment benefits at the time. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • The median income for a household with a single mother is $35,400. The median income for a home with a married couple raising their children is $85,300 in the United States. Two-thirds of low-income working families with children are in the African-American community. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Over 30% of fatherless homes are classified as food insecure, yet only 13% of homes will utilize the services of a food pantry. Over 30% of fatherless homes also spend more than half of their income on housing costs, classifying the household as experiencing a severe housing burden. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
  • Pregnant women who do not have the support of the father experience pregnancy loss at a 48% rate. When the father is present, the prevalence of pregnancy loss falls to 22%. (Shah, Gee, and Theall)
  • 43% of fathers do not see their role as important to their identity. 54% of fathers in the U.S. say that parenting isn’t enjoyed all of the time. (Pew Research)
  • Even in homes with fathers, the modern dad spends only 8 hours per week on child care, which is 6 hours less than the modern mom. On the other hand, 43% of the modern dad’s time is spent with paid work, compared to 25% for the modern mom. Dads spend 3 times more time with their kids than dads did in 1965. (Pew Research) 

Fatherlessness is a massive problem in the African-American/Black communities of the United States. There are strong links between the lack of a father presence and emotional trauma later in life. 

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