When it comes to raising a child, fathers are the most overlooked parent in the household. Fathers are not overlooked because they are inadequate in childcare but that the mother has to go through so much with their body when it comes to having a child. Their needs to be more government programs that are geared toward promoting a healthy father/child relationship. Fathers can have a direct impact on the well-being of their child by the way they treat them and the way they treat the child’s mother (Rosenberg & Wilcox, 2006). Children who live with their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely not to be poor, less likely to use drugs, less likely to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, less likely to be victims of child abuse, and less likely to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live without their married, biological or adoptive parents ("Promoting Responsible Fatherhood: Positive Influence", 2011).
Issue in Brief
According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012, 24 million children in America, one out of every three, live without their biological father in the home (Sanders, 2013). Not every father is ready for fatherhood but there are several programs and organizations across the country that can help in building a healthy father/child relationship. Just having the support of other fathers, that were not ready for the birth of their child, would go along way in building the confidence a new father will need. I am proposing that Metro Health District implement 2 fatherhood initiative programs for new, young, and older fathers that are new to fatherhood, looking for more information on the topic, or the support of being a father. I think that having these types of programs available to fathers will help in lowing the percentage that a child grows up without their father.
What Should the Programs Have?
After researching and analyzing over 300 fatherhood initiative programs, the study concluded that there are 5 strategic objectives that are the framework for every fatherhood initiative program (Rosenberg & Wilcox, 2006). These objectives were selected to help strengthen an existing program or can be used when developing a new program. The objectives noted from the studies are prevent, prepare, establishment, involvement and support (Rosenberg & Wilcox, 2006).
The 5 Strategic Objectives
The prevent objective is preventing men from the decision to have children before they are financially and emotionally ready for the responsibility of a child (Rosenberg & Wilcox, 2006). A man is more likely to be engaged in their child’s life when they don’t have to worry about the financial aspect of having a child. If the father is always stressed about the money situation than they are more likely to emotionally neglect their child’s needs. The next objective noted was prepare because fathers need to be prepared for the legal, financial, and emotional...