Fatherlessness represents an economic and social disadvantage.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, children in father-absent homes are nearly four times more likely to be poor, citing the U.S. Census Bureau’s Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics. In 2011, 12% of children in married-couple families lived in poverty, compared to 44% of children in mother-only families. According to another study, infant mortality rates for unmarried mothers are 1.8 times higher than for married mothers. In a survey of 700 adolescents, researchers discovered that “adolescents from single-parent families have been found to engage in greater and earlier sexual activity when compared to families with two natural parents living in the home.”

Fatherlessness represents a high rate of suicide.

A family structure index, a composite index based on the annual rate of children involved in divorce and the percentage of families with children present that are headed by a woman, is a strong predictor of suicide among young adult and adolescent white males. 
Children who do not have a father are significantly more likely to have suicidal ideation. 
The 2009 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to back up and confirm all previous studies and trends on suicide.

Fatherlessness fosters destructive lifestyles and identity confusion.

According to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, obese children are more likely than non-obese children to grow up in fatherless homes. 140 According to the researchers, boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely than those in father-present homes to struggle with establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.

Fatherlessness is one of many multi-leveled social ills in the brokenness of sinful humanity. Though it may appear overwhelming, we must not allow the problem of fatherlessness to paralyze us or cause us to have a myopic view of ministry. God repeatedly addresses the issue of fatherlessness to communicate principles and reach out to the entirety of human brokenness. God, as Father, has not abandoned his children or his church but is present, clearly instructing us with outreach principles throughout Scripture.

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