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Study: 24 million U.S. Children Live Without a Father

| by Michael Allen

Families where children have two parents has dropped significantly, in every state, over the past ten years, according to the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with Absent Fathers, and the Rest Follows, reports the Washington Times.

In the U.S., 24 million U.S. children live without a father, says the National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with Absent Fathers.

Vincent DiCaro, Vice President of National Fatherhood Initiative: Deal with Absent Fathers, and the Rest Follows, told the Washington Times: "People look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father."

“We have one class that thinks marriage and fatherhood is important, and another which doesn’t, and it’s causing that gap, income inequality, to get wider."

Among African-Americans, 54 percent of children live with only their mother.

DiCaro adds: "Something has to be done about it, and it starts with the culture and reversing the attitude that marriage is not important. The president has a role to play in that. He’s a married African-American father who can probably make a huge difference with words alone."

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