In Black America Podcast: Fighting The Crisis of Fatherless Children
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Brian K. Burns, director of Daddy Restoration located in Austin, TX. The lack of an involved father has had an extremely detrimental effect on children emotionally, socially and economically. Their goal is to see fathers develop an increased sense of responsibility and a renewed desire to nurture their children emotionally and support them financially.
In 1960, one in thirteen children in this country, under the age of 18 lived with his or her mother and no father. In 2006, it was one in four. Furthermore, 34 percent of children live absent their biological father.
Today, half of all children and 80 percent of African American children can expect to spend at least part of their childhood living apart from their father. Children growing up in father absent households, compared to those living in traditional two-parent families, are five times more likely to be poor, two to three times more likely to fail at school, and two to three times more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems.