The Fathers ChallengeFather’s Challenge purpose is to fight in the battle against fatherlessness.
Father’s Challenge purpose is to fight in the battle against fatherlessness. The impact of fatherlessness is enormous:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census)
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
- 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes (Source: Center for Disease Control)
- 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes (Source: Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1978.)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.)
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes (Source: Rainbows for all God`s Children.)
- 70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept 1988)
- 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)
- Spend at least one hour a day with your child
- Spend at least one hour a month with a child not your own
By spending time with your child, you will build a strong relationship which will enable you to be a loving father. During your time, you will learn things about your child, teach your child valuable lessons, and also direct and guide your child in choosing correct paths for their lives. A child with his father in his life will more than likely be a father to their child. When this happens, the battle against fatherlessness is won in that generation. The same is true with your involvement of a child that is not your own. You become a point of reference that this child can gain positive, loving, and valuable insight because of your involvement. So the question is, will you accept this challenge and fight in this battle?