This Father’s Day, at least 18.3 million American children will wake up in a fatherless home. The data show that these kids will be four times more likely to live in poverty, twice as likely to drop out of school, and be more prone to antisocial behavior. To be sure, the crisis cuts across racial lines.
Anecdotal evidence and otherwise indicates that boys in fatherless homes will be more likely to also abandon their children as adults or end up divorced. The figures are startling to observe. The cycle, it seems, may never end.
Yet there is some reason for hope.