Boone Center for the Family Researches the Impact of Quality Relationships and Healthy Fathering

Researches the Impact of Quality Relationships and Healthy Fathering

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Quality relationships are the building blocks of healthy families, and healthy families are the pillars of vibrant communities. This truth is being realized through the work of the Boone Center for the Family (BCFF), and in particular through its fatherhood initiative which is promoting healthy fathering throughout Los Angeles.

In partnership with the Children’s Institute, World Impact, and a host of other nonprofits, BCFF is taking the lead in providing training, programming, and benchmarks to boost the quantity and quality of fathering in the region.

Why is this of such concern? Consider the following: children growing up in a home without a dad are much more likely to drop out of school, make poor grades, commit delinquent acts, engage in drug and alcohol use, receive welfare, marry early, and go through a divorce as an adult.

Almost 60 percent of all children under the age of 18 will spend at least part of their childhood living apart from their fathers.

Conversely, children who feel a closeness to their father are twice more likely to enter college or find stable employment after high school, 75 percent less likely to have a teen birth, 80 percent less likely to spend time in jail, and half as likely to experience depression.

A four-decade study found that when dads encourage their daughters to excel and achieve and were emotionally close to their sons, the daughters were more successful in school and their careers, and the sons achieved greater status later in life.

The conclusion is obvious; when fathers are equipped, encouraged, and challenged to be more involved in their children’s lives, everybody wins: dads, moms, sons, daughters, and the fatherless. In addition households, neighborhoods, schools, and communities will experience less stress and disruption. The strategic nature of healthy fathering cannot be underestimated because, like mothering, it has the power to shape generations.

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