More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.
At Families & Communities Rising, we have created the Male Engagement Program to create a pathway for families who we serve to engage men when a father is absent from a child’s life or to offer support for men who are seeking deeper connections with the children in their lives.
An “engaged father” is defined as one who “feels responsible for and behaves responsibly toward his child, is emotionally engaged and physically accessible, provides material support to sustain the child’s needs, is involved in childcare, and exerts influence in child rearing decisions.” We salute the men who choose to take an active role in the molding and development of children. With your continued support, our children will help shape the world of tomorrow.