Top 5 Facts on Fathering

1. 24.8 million children (33%) live apart from their biological father

Source: United States Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2010 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.


2. The presence and involvement of a father is positively associated with child well-being, educational attainment, behavioral development, self-esteem and avoidance of high-risk behaviors.

Source: Father Facts, 5th Edition, National Fatherhood Initiative, 2007.


3.  Children growing up without a father present are more likely to suffer physical, emotional or educational neglect, engage in juvenile delinquency including violent crime, abuse drugs and alcohol, be a teenage mom and live in poverty.

Source: Father Facts, 5th Edition, National Fatherhood Initiative, 2007.


4. Fathers are the primary determinant on a child’s ongoing faith practice.

Source: Fathers: Key to their Children’s Faith, S. Michael Craven, June 13, 2006,


5. 70% of Americans agree that the physical absence of fathers from the home is the most significant family or social problem facing America.

Source: National Center for Fathering, National Fathering Survey, 2009.


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© 2010 National Center for Fathering, Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Being a father is a powerful force in the life of your children.  My goal is to encourage you and help you be the best dad you can be.  I am praying for you.


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Lead Pastor of Upwards Church: Leander & Jarrell, TX
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