This Sunday we celebrate the fathers in our lives. There are cards and BBQs and fishing and cakes, new ties, golfing, and kicking back with dad on a Sunday afternoon.
But today, 20 million children in the United States live in homes that are fatherless. Millions more live in homes where the fathers are physically present but emotionally absent.This is a sobering and scary fact when you begin to look at statistics of what being fatherless can set a child up for.
Between 60 percent and 90 percent of children without fathers living in the home are more likely to be involved in things like homelessness, running away, committing crime, dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, arson, rape, prison, behavioral disorders, and being in state institutions. They have higher rates of obesity, poor grades, being sexually assaulted, and living in poverty, in addition to less education. Amazingly, these statistics do not include if the father is absent because he has died.