June 14, 2013, 5:05 am
By Dan Mitchinson
Every child has an involved father at conception. But not every child will have a father to celebrate with this Father's Day.
"There are about 24 million children living apart from their biological father, so that's about one third of all children," says Vince DiCaro with the National Fatherhood Initiative.
DiCaro says they have decades of research that shows children without fathers have a tougher time growing up. "There's all these effects that happen when a child doesn't have a dad. The sense of abandonment, the self esteem issues, the discipline issues, and all these other things that come up when dad isn't in the picture," he says.
DiCaro and the National Fatherhood Initiative want to make sure dad's stay in the picture. He says they are trying to educate anyone who will listen about how important it is to have a male figure, especially a father, involved with a child's upbringing. He also wants to encourage every dad to be the best they can be.
"There's way too much indifference in our culture about whether or not it's important or not for dad to be there, and I think that's part of the problem," says DiCaro.
And it's not just boys who experience problems growing up without a father figure. DiCaro points out that girls who grow up without a dad are seven times more likely to become teen moms.
Learn more about the National Fatherhood Initiative.