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Moreover, the U.S. rate of children living in single-parent homes – 23% (80% of which are led by single moms) – is more than three times the global average of 7%, according to Pew Research.
The AFPI report, by former NFL player and fatherhood, advocate Jack Brewer, is only about four pages long, but it is rife with shocking and disheartening statistical data pulled together from scores of reports and government agencies detailing the destructive effects of fatherlessness.
Brewer is Chair of the Center for Opportunity Now and Vice-Chair of the Center for 1776 at AFPI. He is an outspoken Christian advocate for social change, albeit decidedly non-" woke."
Here are just some of the other findings in the AFPI report culled from various groups and government agencies studying the effects of fatherlessness, broken down by category (figures are not definitive, as the report frequently states "some data suggest" regarding the various problems):
Drug use and behavioral problems:
Reduce fatherlessness, reduce crime
Some of the most stunning numbers in the report surround criminal activity and fatherless homes: "Most adolescents who enter the justice system have suffered from parental abandonment, substance abuse, or a dysfunctional household," Brewer states.
Here are some of the reports findings related to crime:
Tragically, the report describes how the cycle of fatherlessness and criminality continues, with more than 800,000 of America's 2 million prisoners being parents – of whom 92% are fathers.
Citing 2022 Department of Justice information, Brewer writes, "There are just about 2.7 million children that have a parent in prison...In 2016, the average age of a minor child with parents in federal prison was 10 years old and nine years old for minors with a parent in state prison."
Tucker Carlson addressed the crisis of fathers being absent from their children's homes five years ago on Fox News:
Regarding abortion, the AFPI report states: "Perhaps counterintuitively, data shows that upon the legalization of abortion [by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973], the fatherlessness rate in a country rises dramatically....In the same vein, one out of every three pregnancies in a fatherless home end in abortion. (Beckwith, 2019). Fatherlessness likewise has a link to teen pregnancy and sexual activity...One study showed that girls whose fathers left home before they were five years old were eight times more likely to get pregnant as adolescents."
The report looks more to churches and private institutions than the government to solve America's fatherlessness crisis: "While legislative and policy reforms are essential in addressing this crisis, Americans believe that it is the community’s responsibility, more so than the government, to take care of fatherless children."
"Policy officials and community leaders alike can support an all-out pro-fatherhood messaging campaign to amplify the importance of fatherhood across the Nation," Brewer writes. "Amplification from athletes, celebrities, musicians, actors, and national role models can push the importance of fatherhood to the forefront of public consciousness. In this way, fatherhood and its importance can become a unifying issue for all swaths of the country."
Brewer is shown below in a 2022 appearance on Fox News discussing the U.S. crisis of fatherlessness: