Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Facts on the Fatherless

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." James 1:27

This past weekend a small group from our church had the privilege of serving the office staff of GRIP. Grip is a Chicago inner-city ministry that works with a lot of students from broken home. Jen Carlson works at Grip and gave me the following stats. I was so blown away by what I read that I had to pass it along.

The Facts on “Fatherlessness”

The percentage of kids born out-of-wedlock has grown 223% since 1970.

[US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2005]

7 out of 10 African-American kids are born out-of-wedlock.
[US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2005]

3 out of 10 Caucasian kids are born out-of-wedlock; an increase of 440% since 1970.
[US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2005]

The Consequences

90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.

[U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census.]

80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
[Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26, 1987.]

60% of repeat rapists grew up without fathers.
[Raymond A. Knight and Robert A. Prentky, "The Developmental Antecednts of Adult Adaptations of Rapist Sub-Types," Criminal Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, 1987, p 403-426.]

71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father.
[US Dept. of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999.]

63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
[US D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census.]

85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
[Center for Disease Control.]

90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother.

[Wray Herbert, "Dousing the Kindlers," Psychology Today, January, 1985, p.28.]

71% of high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
[National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.]

75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse canters come from fatherless homes.

[Rainbows for all God`s Children.]

70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father.

[US Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988.]

85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.

[Fulton Co. Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992.]

75% of prisoners grew up without a father.
[Daniel Amneus, The Garbage Generation, Alhambra, CA: Primrose Press, 1990.]

Fatherless boys and girls are…
2x’s as likely to drop out of high school;

2x’s as likely to end up in jail;
4x’s more likely to need help emotional or behavioral problems.

[US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999.]

43% of US children live without their father.
[US Department of Census.]