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food stamps | Father Hunger - How Father Absence Impacts Our Youth

Father Absence and Poverty

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“Promoting responsible fatherhood…is one of the most important things we can do to reduce child poverty”  Former Vice President Al Gore at the National Fatherhood Initiative’s National Summit on Fatherhood in June, 2000

Father absence and poverty are strongly related.  Data shows that it’s more difficult to get fathers to provide financial support when they are not married to the mother and when they lack an emotional connection to their children.

Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor.  In 2002, 7.8 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 38.4 percent of children in female-household familes. 1

Fourty-five percent of unmarried mothers in large U.S. cities are poor and another 28% are “near poor”, with incomes 200% below the poverty line. 2

As you can see, it is very challenging for the mothers to raise their children without financial support.  Think of the impact this is having on a life that was bought into this world.  Yes, a life that did not ask to be bought into the world.  It is time to take a stand for our children and build up our communities to remove the impact of poverty on the future generations.   We need to take back our communities and invest in Entreprenuership so that we can own assets that create generational wealth.

I don’t have to say anymore on this topic because you already know the results.  Jails are full and the crime rate is at an all time high.  Public dollars are being invested into more prisons to hold the future generations instead of addressing the issue. 

1 U.S. Census Bureau, Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics:  March 2002, p200-547, Table C8.  Washington D.C.: GPO, 2003.

2 McLanahan, Sara.  The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study:  Baseline National Report. Figure 3.  Princeton, NJ: Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, 2003:11.

Finances is a Contributor to Father Hunger

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Do you think the number one cause of divorce is finances?  It is an age old debate that you may find multiple answers.  Does money cause many marriages to fail?  Maybe I should research that for a future article but I do know that lack of a committed father in the home increases the likelihood that a child will grow up in poverty. 

I like you,  know of some fathers that do what they have to do to support their kids.  I applaud the fathers that are handling their responsibility.  I know that other issues arise due to child support agreements and I will definitely write about some of those issues at a later date. 

All I know is more often fathers are not in the picture financially or physically and it is setting our future generations up for failure.  If the kids are growing up in poverty, life is more challenging.  That is a life that did not ask to come into this world and costs the taxpayers a lot of money anually to fund programs for those in need. 

If you are a father and your finances are challenging, we want you to do your part to take care of your kids.  Contact RffDads and we will share with you what we can do to not only help with your day to day finances but what are you doing for your kids future.

Are You Preparing Your Children for Success or Failure?

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Having a child is one of the biggest responsibilities we have in our lifetime. Along with the responsibility comes many choices. As dads, it is our responsibility to do EVERYTHING we can to make sure our children have the opportunity to succeed. If we don’t take our responsibility seriously, we set our kids up for failure. You may be a great dad and I applaud you but if you know you are not doing everything to set your kid up for success, it is never too late. Act Today!

How do you end Father Hunger? One child at a time is how. 1 out of 3 children will go to bed tonight without their fathers. Contact Us today and find out how you can get involved to end father hunger.


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