More Dads going solo in raising kids It’s…

More Dads going solo in raising kids. “It’s a change that single fathers say shows greater acceptance by American families and courts that sometimes the best place for children is with Dad.”

Single fathers say the numbers help tear down a long-standing conception that single fathers tend to abandon their kids, or at least not take as good care of them as single moms, said Vince Regan, an Internet consultant from Grand Rapids, Mich., who is raising five kids on his own.

“In time, it goes a long way to helping society think that single fathers do help their kids and want to be part of their lives,” he said.

Thomas Coleman, executive director of the American Association for Single People, attributed the rise in single dads to a variety of reasons, including more judges awarding custody to fathers in divorce cases and more women choosing their jobs over family life.

The percentage increase in single-father households far outpaced other living arrangements. The “Ozzie and Harriett” household, where both parents raise the children like on the old TV show, increased by 6 percent, and single-mother homes were up by 25 percent.

Read the whole thing. This is based on the 2000 census, by the way. Wonder what the data is 15 years out…

UPDATE: Pew noticed this trend too, and has more current numbers.