Promoting Responsible Fatherhood

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Executive Summary When it comes to raising a child, fathers are the most overlooked parent in the household. Fathers are not overlooked because they are inadequate in childcare but that the mother has to go through so much with their body when it comes to having a child. Their needs to be more government programs that are geared toward promoting a healthy father/child relationship. Fathers can have a direct impact on the well-being of their child by the way they treat them and the way they treat the child’s mother (Rosenberg & Wilcox, 2006). Children who live with their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely not to be poor, less likely to use drugs, less likely to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, less likely to be victims of child abuse, and less likely to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live without their married, biological or adoptive parents ("Promoting Responsible Fatherhood: Positive Influence", 2011). Issue in Brief According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, 24 million children in America, one out of every three, live without their biological father in the home (Sanders, 2013). Not every father is ready for fatherhood but there are several programs and organizations across the country that can help in building a healthy father/child relationship. Just having the support of other fathers, that were not ready for the birth of their child, would go along way in building the confidence a new father will need. I am proposing that Metro Health District implement 2 fatherhood initiative programs for new, young, and older fathers that are new to fatherhood, looking for more information on the topic, or the support of being a father. I thin... ... middle of paper ... ...g, which is necessary to be effective parents and to support each others’ efforts to become good fathers to their children (Rosenberg & Wilcox, 2006). References Edwards, J. O. (2009). The Many Kinds of Family Structures in Our Communities. Retrieved November 14, 2013, from Promoting Responsible Fatherhood: Positive Influence. (2011, July 22). Retrieved November 01, 2013, from Rosenberg, J., & Wilcox, W. B. (2006). Fathers and Their Impact on Children's Well-being. In The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children (pp. 11-14). Sanders, R. (2013, November 12). The Father Absence Crisis in America [Infographic] [Web log post]. Retrieved from
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