Fatherlessness is one of our nation’s most critical and long-running pandemics.
43% of U.S. children live without their father
85% of youth in prisons grew up in a fatherless home
90% of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless households
Homes where fathers are absent have a direct correlation to negative outcomes affecting youth in our country. According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, 63 percent of teen suicides, 70 percent of juveniles in state institutions, 71 percent of high school dropouts, and 75 percent of children in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless families. But behind these staggering nameless, faceless statistics are real people.
Voices of the Fatherless introduces readers to their stories through a transparent, gripping collection of letters written by incarcerated dads revealing the impact of growing up without a father. They are written to fatherless children, including the wounded child trapped inside of the imprisoned men still crying out for their own father’s love. The letters touch on the areas of:
The goal of Voices of the Fatherless is to inspire, motivate, and encourage people to understand the issues that exist as a result of fatherless families and households in our country. This book is aimed at not only exploring the problem but also helping to find a solution. It can be used in homes, schools, organizations, and institutions to open the pathway to understanding, conversation, forgiveness, and, prayerfully, lasting change.