The Father Effect, a Documentary Film

The Trend Toward Fatherlessness

– According to 72.2 % of the U.S. population, fatherlessness is the most significant family or social problem facing America. 

– An estimated 24.35 million children (33.5 percent) live absent their biological father.  

– Of students in grades 1 through 12, 39 percent (17.7 million) live in homes absent their biological fathers.  

– Sixty-three percent of black children, 35% of Hispanic children, and 28% of white children are living in homes absent their biological father. 

From the National Center for Fathering

For more resources and information on the role of fathers, read the book excerpt and interview with author of Why Dads Leave: Insights and Resources for When Partners Become Parents here on Kindred.


What is the importance of a father in a child’s life?

What is the impact of a father’s words and deeds on his children?

This short film, The Father Effect, explores those topics:


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