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Father Absence

Two Supports Lacking for U.S. Children in Poverty

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 10.23.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

The effects of father absence and the poverty that results from it are exacerbated by two supports lacking in the U.S. -- the lack of extended family and the dismal spending by the federal government on family-benefit programs.

The Opportunity Costs of Absent Fathers

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

When fathers are absent from their children's lives -- physically, emotionally, or spiritually -- it costs them dearly. They give up the benefits of being involved, responsible, committed dads -- such as the love of their children and the joy of seeing their children grow into adults -- and the benefits of mothers' love in raising children together.

The Hole in Justin Bieber's Soul

Roland C. Warren | Posted 05.18.2014 | Celebrity
Roland C. Warren

Justin Bieber doesn't need his father to be his lap dance pal or pot-smoking buddy. He needs Jeremy Bieber to be a good dad now.

The Proof Is in: Father Absence Harms Child Well-Being

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 05.13.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

The old adage, "correlation does not imply causation," does not apply to the effects of father absence on children. In other words, for many of our most intractable social ills affecting children, father absence is to blame.

It Takes a Married Village to Raise a Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

It's undeniable that if we are to address father absence at the macro-level, we must do everything we can to see that more children grow up in married-parent homes and that we encourage our children to choose marriage for themselves.

Incarcerated Fathers Are Still Fathers

Alden Loury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Alden Loury

In Illinois, nearly 90,000 children have a parent in prison or a parent who recently left prison. That pain can last for decades, and it doesn't instantly dissolve when those imprisoned fathers come home.