Martin Henderson felt compelled to begin this organization after realizing there was a true void in the support and education of fathers. Not wanting to solely depend on civic leaders to help in the community, he began to put the pieces together that became Fatherhood Matters, Inc.
Fatherhood Matters is dedicated and determined to make a difference in the lives of children by educating fathers. Our organization meets with fathers in various settings, provides fathers with counseling, as well as legal services; helping fathers to understand and exercise their paternal rights. Fatherhood Matters, Inc. also assists fathers with paternity testing for those with affiliation concerns.
Statistics show father absence is strongly connected to abuse, poverty, behavioral problems, teen pregnancy, incarceration, and many other issues. Fathers are simply irreplaceable contributors. It is our goal to help engage and educate men to be better caretakers of their children. We appreciate and value your support in helping us build stronger families in America.
71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
Boys who grow up in father-absent homes are more likely than those in father -present homes to have trouble establishing appropriate sex roles and gender identity.
Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor.
85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates come from single mother homes.
A study of 13,986 women in prison showed that more than half grew up without their fathers. 1 in 3 children are in fatherless homes.
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