24. January 2012 13:38
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America -- one out of three -- live in biological father-absent homes. Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents. Source: The National Fatherhood Initiative
The Early Childhood Faith Initiative seeks to address this critical issue through its upcoming Lunch & Learn session, "Getting Fathers Involved with Young Children," from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Tuesday, February 7th. Jeff Quinn, MPH, Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University will present an overview of the importance of father involvement in early development as well as suggestions on how fathers can get involved in their child's life. He will be joined by a panel of ministers who will share their suggestions of how congregations can help fathers get involved in their children's lives as well as their own personal experiences as fathers. The session will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church (2620 Weaver Street) in the fellowship hall. Bring your lunch. Beverages provided.
Registration is encouraged by contacting Winnie Morgan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-732-1524), Early Childhood Faith Initiative Coordinator for the Partnership. This session is free and open to the public.
The Faith Initiative is a collaborative initiative between Durham’s Partnership for Children and End Poverty Durham that recognizes the role that the faith community plays in providing support to families and children. Click here to read more about this initiative.