I have been a political writer for over 10 years now. Most of my writings are news and politics. Why? That’s my job, of course.
But today I want to tackle something more personal. Yes I will back it up with statistics but you need to understand that I am going through this exact situation right now. My wife kicked me out when I was legally blind, but still working. I kept working after I lost my eyesight by having my children help. I couldn’t see small print at all so they would help me when I needed it. I stopped writing and only used partners’ material. With the help of my kids, I actually made over $10,000 in January 2021. Six months later my wife kicked me out and I had to come to Nebraska. I had no choice. I was 90% blind.
My good friend, Chad Miller, has helped me through some very tough times. I am now legally disabled but I can still write. I won’t beat anyone in a foot race or ever be what I once was physically but my mind is still there and I am fighting like hell to save my kids. My attorneys are doing their thing but I’m trying hard not to go broke and I will continue to work, probably until the day I die, for my kids and Your kids too. My work is important to many.
With all that said, I am taking donations at the end of the article but let’s get to the facts.
Broken Homes are Leading to Adolescent Epidemics
The following statistics were submitted by Paul Clements, a father in this fight, who has shared this compiled research. Much of the research is gender based because there has been a strong father initiative over the last decade to get father’s back into children’s lives after a monotropy standard (which by the way was implemented from mental health workers that the court adopted as the tender years doctrine), this is where the belief was that mother’s were better suited for parenting children, which drove gender-biased family court policies like tender years doctrine, and caused the loss of father’s in children’s lives.
“Look at the detriment to children and society which comes from sole maternal custody” writes Paul.
SINGLE MOTHER HOMES Statistics
37.8% of single mothers are divorced, 41% never married, and only 6.5% widows. Brookings Institute, “Assessing the Impact of Welfare Reform on Single Mothers”, Part 2, 3/22/04
“The strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison, is that they were raised by a single parent”. C.C. Harper and S.S. McLanahan, “Father Absence and Youth Incarceration”, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Assoc., San Francisco, CA, 1998
In 1996, 70% of inmates in state juvenile detention centers serving long sentences, were raised by single mothers. Wade Horn, “Why There Is No Substitute For Parents”, IMPRIMIS 26, NO.6, June, 1997
The proportion of single-parent households in a community predicts its rate of violent crime and burglary, but the community’s poverty level does not. Source: D.A. Smith and G.R. Jarjoura, “Social Structure and Criminal Victimization,” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 25. 1988.”
72% of juvenile murderers, and 60% of rapists came from single mother homes. Chuck Colson, “How Shall We Live?” Tyndale House , 2004, p.323
“After controlling for single motherhood, the difference between black and white crime rates disappeared.” Progressive Policy Institute, 1990, quoted by David Blankenhorn, “Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem,” New York, Harper Perennial, 1996, p.31
Growing up without a father could permanently alter the structure of the brain, and produce more children who are more aggressive and angry. Children brought up only by a single mother have a higher risk of developing deviant behavior, including drug abuse, new research suggest. Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, McGill Univ. and Francis Bamlico, Center for Addiction and Mental Health, publishing in the journal, “CEREBRAL CORTEX.”
“(I)n a recent study by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. Comparing statistics for its Kids Count report, the organization reported that Detroit ranks No.1 in unmarried births among the nations’ 50 largest cities. Of the 16,729 babies born in Detroit in 1997, 13,574 were black, 1,679 were white and 817 were Hispanic. Seventy-one percent were born to unmarried mothers. This compared with a state average of 33 percent and a 50-city average of 43 percent.”
Detroit is the worst offender on our list of America’s most dangerous cities, thanks to a staggering rate of 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000. “By Thanksgiving, 2012, the city had surpassed the 344 homicides reported in all of 2011. As of Dec. 16, the city had recorded 375 murders.”
Single parents make up a third of Wisconsin parents, The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports. And according to a 2009 report from the US Census Bureau, there are approximately 13.7 million single parents across the U.S., with single mothers outpacing single fathers five to one.
Two thirds of all children murdered, are murdered by their mother. Source: U.S. Dept of H&HS website ‘Child Abuse Statistics by Relationship’ March 2013
“Girls raised without fathers are more sexually promiscuous, and more likely to end up divorced.” Wade Horn, “Why There Is No Substitute For Parents”, IMPRIMIS 26, No.6, June, 1997
70% of teen births occur to girls in single mother homes. David T. Lykken, “Reconstructing Fathers”, American Psychologist 55, 681,681, 2000
86% of American teen births are out of wedlock. Dr. David Popenoe, “The Future of Marriage In America”, Rutgers Univ., The National Marriage Project, 2007
“America has more than twice as many teenage births as other developed nations.” Isabel V.Sawhill, to House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Resources, June 29, 1999
There are more than 400,000 teen births annually in the US, most of them to unmarried mothers on welfare.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
The public cost of births to teens 17 and younger is estimated at $7.6 BILLION per year. The children are more likely to be in foster care, less likely to graduate from high school, daughters are more likely to have teen births themselves, and sons are more likely to be incarcerated. Saul Hoffman, Univ. of Delaware.
70% of drop-outs, and 70% of teen suicides come from single mother homes. Wade Horn, “Why There Is No Substitute For Parents,” IMPRIMIS 26, N0. 6, June 1997
70% of runaways, 70% of juvenile delinquents, and 70% of Child murderers, come from single mother homes. Richard E. Redding, “It’s Really About Sex”, Duke Univ. Journal of Gender Law and Policy, Jan.1, 2008.
Effects of Fatherlessness – Teenage Statistics
- 63% of all youth suicides,
- 70% of all teen pregnancies,
- 71% of all adolescent chemical/substance abusers,
- 80% of all prison inmates, and
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children, came from single mother homes.
Bob Ray Sanders, “Hey Y’all, Let’s Fill The Hall (Of Fame), Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Oct.28,2007
Mona Charen, “More Good News Than Bad?”, Washington Times, Mar.16, 2001 (citing Bill Bennett, “The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators: American society at the end of the 20th Century., New York, Broadway Books, 1994)
Children brought up in single mother homes are:
- 5 times more likely to commit suicide,
- 9 times more likely to drop out of high school,
- 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances,
- 14 times more likely to commit rape,
- 20 times more likely to end up in prison,
- 32 times more likely to run away from home.
Chuck Eddy, “The Daddy Shady Show”, Village Voice, Dec. 31, 2002
(see drop-out rates above)
The journal Health Affairs reported a five-year drop in the life expectancy of white females without high-school diplomas . White men without high-school diplomas had lost three years of life expectancy.
600,000 out of wedlock births in 1979. Patrick Fagan and William H.G.Fitzgerald, “Why Serious Welfare Reform Must Include Serious Adoption Reform. Heritage Foundation Reports, July 27, 1995
In 2003, there were 1.5 Million unwed births, and less than 1% were put up for adoption. Fagan and Fitzgerald (above)
Less than 1% of children born to never married women were placed for adoption from 1989 to 1995. U.S. DHHS, Child Welfare Information Gateway, “Voluntary Relinquishment For Adoption, Numbers and trends, 2005
Only 4% of college graduates have illegitimate children, and only 16% of college graduates get divorced, compared to 46% of high school dropouts, who marry in smaller numbers to begin with. Dr. David Popenoe, “The Future Of Marriage In America; “The Frayed Knot – Marriage in America”, The Economist, May 26, 2007
50% of single mothers are below the poverty line, their children are 6 times more likely to be in poverty than children with married parents. Chuck Colson, “How Shall We Live”, Tyndale House.
85% of homeless families are single mother families. Barry H. Waldman and Stephen P. Perlman, “Homeless Children With Disabilities, “ The Exceptional Parent, June 1, 2008 (American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
90% of welfare recipients are single mothers. Jason DeParle, “Raising Kevion”, New York Times, Aug. 22, 2004
Over 30% of families led by single moms are living in poverty, compared to 16.4% of families led by single dads. Amanda Hess, blogging at: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xxfactor/2013/09/19/
There were 3 million single mothers in 1970 and 10 million in 2003. U.S. Census, Table FM-2, All Parent/Child Situations, by Type, Race, and Hispanic origin of Householder, 1970 to 2003
More than one million British children currently live without a father, and have no adult male role models, a figure that is rising at a rate of 20,000 per year. In the Manor Castle ward of Sheffield, ENG. 75% of households are headed by a single parent, most commonly, a woman. Center for Social Justice(6/2013)
The illegitimacy rate went up more than 300% since 1970. House Ways and Means Committee, Nonmarital Births to Adults and Teenagers and Federal Strategies to Reduce Nonmarital Pregnancies, appendix “M”, 2003
The long-term health effects of broken families were often devastating. Parental divorce during childhood emerged as the single strongest predictor of early death in adulthood. The grown children of divorced parents died almost five years earlier, on average, than children from intact families. The causes of death ranged from accidents and violence to cancer, heart attack and stroke. Parental break-ups remain, the authors say, among the most traumatic and harmful events for children.
The Longevity Project ,By Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin (Hudson Street Press) 0020
In general it looks like lacking a father is more detrimental, or at least as detrimental, than lacking a mother. That’s what the numbers say.
Single parent families are part of what is wrong with this country folks. Single Dads have problems too. I grew up Catholic and though I now call myself “non-denominational Christian” there are many good things that Catholicism taught. One of which would be that divorce is very wrong. No one can logically argue that divorce is NEVER justified but…
It is one of the biggest problems in America. Children need two parents in the home. But in a nation where single mother homes seem to cause more problems than single father homes, we have this fact to deal with:
For so long, custody for fathers meant a weekends-only schedule or other limited parenting time. But changing family dynamics have led to a sea change in the outcome of custody cases.
The chances of a father getting full custody are climbing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fathers made up 20 percent of custodial parents in 2018, up from 16 percent in 1994.
Still, full custody for fathers is far less common than full custody for mothers. Whether this is due to bias against fathers is a hotly debated topic. Overall, many courts prefer awarding joint custody to both parents.
The odds are still against a good father getting full custody of his children. The statistics could be skewed for many reasons. Maybe Moms file for full custody more often. I don’t know. What I do know is that I am still fighting to get my kids and teach them to live in a good Christian home and learn a good work ethic. Their Mom is a drug addict and their only chance is to be with me, in my opinion.
Otherwise they will be strongly indoctrinated into the American welfare state and we know where that road is leading.
America’s future is in the hands of our children, which means you and I need to do our part. I’m still fighting despite my disabilities.
I cry for my kids and pray for them every night. I know I am their best chance despite my disabilities. I can still write, so I will be fine but please pray for my kids: Skyla 10, Autumn and Bailey are 9 yo twins and… Ryker is my only son who is 5 and disabled like Dad. Life is not fair but my kids need a parent who can teach them to win in spite of that.
Prayers are appreciated and financial help if possible. My legal bills are outrageous and bleeding me dry. God Bless You ALL!
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