#DadLife When fathers leave more children fall into…

#DadLife: When fathers leave, more children fall into poverty:

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, about 24 million children (1 in 3) live in father-absent homes. Children from those homes — who are more likely to be in poverty because they live in a single-parent household with just one income — are more likely to involve themselves in crime, alcohol and drug use, and drop out of school, among other issues, according to the National Center for Fathering.

“Children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems,” the NFI reported. “Boys are more likely to become involved in crime, and girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens.”

Getting fathers to stay in their marriage and homes will help, though, Brown wrote.

But encouraging fathers to stay in their child’s life won’t be easy, according to Brown. Modern American culture doesn’t embrace marriage and strong parental bonds like it once did, Brown wrote, with millennials choosing to wait until they’re older to get married (though that’s still up for debate). And, because of these trends, more children are being born to parents who aren’t married, Brown wrote.

There’s proof of this, too. Only half of young dads aren’t married at the birth of their child, according to the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Until we end laws that strip children from their fathers, fewer men will risk having them in the first place.