- Posted by Lio De Jesus
- On May 18, 2016
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In today’s society, we are unfortunately facing some terrible truths that we could have never anticipated. The number of single parent homes has doubled since 1960. One-third of all American children are raised without a father. And of those kids, they are severely above the national average when it comes to issues of crime, education, mental health and sex & drug abuse.
“People look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” said Vincent DiCaro, Vice President of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
So the question stands: where have all the fathers gone?
This year LaunchPad will be initiating a targeted effort to reach, unite and equip fathers and male caretakers with their sons and children. The “ALL In Fatherhood Project” is to promote the well-being of children and families through father involvement and fatherhood programs.
One of the goals will be to create and implement a targeted comprehensive plan to support young fathers, equip current fathers, and reunite fathers after incarceration. Another important component is to develop interactive activities such as sports, art, camping, etcetera, for team building purposes. We will be doing this to overcome the 4 major obstacles to father absence; work demands, the media, pop culture, and finances.
We are fully behind the ALL In Fatherhood Project, and we are hopeful it will be the first step to curing the ails of fatherlessness in the Rundberg and East Austin community.