FACTS ON ABSENT FATHERS
STRAIGHT NO CHASER:
- 24 million children in America – one out of three – live in homes without biological fathers
- A child with a nonresident father is 54 percent more likely to be poorer than his or her father
- Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school
- Kindergarteners who live with single parents are over-represented among those lagging socially, emotionally and cognitively and also tend to have more health issues. Thirty-three percent of children who were behind in all three areas were living with single parents, while only 22% were not lagging behind.
- A study of 13,986 imprisoned women showed that more than half of them grew up without their father. Forty-two percent grew up in a single-mother household, and 16 percent lived with neither parent.
- Children growing up without fathers are at a far greater risk of child abuse:
- A 77 percent greater risk of being physically abused
- An 87 percent greater risk of being harmed by physical neglect
- A 165 percent greater risk of experiencing notable physical neglect
- A 74 percent greater risk of suffering from emotional neglect
- An 80% greater risk of suffering serious injury as a result of abuse
- And overall, they are at a 120 percent greater risk of being endangered by some type of child abuse.
Data compiled from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census, National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, National Fatherhood Initiative, National Center for Education Statistics and several other scholarly reports.