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The Epidemic of Fatherless Homes

The Epidemic of Fatherless Homes
Will there be a father at your Thanksgiving table this year? Either in person, or in loving memory? For many American homes there will be no father figure. We’re suffering from an epidemic of fatherless homes, and it is getting worse every year.

THE HISTORY OF FATHERLESSNESS
The fatherless home is defined as one in which there is no male father figure. Generally an “involved” stepfather is just as good as a biological father, but most researchers agree that living in the household is key. A father with visiting rights is not the same as a father living in the home. Warfare and death have always caused loss of fathers. However, the 20th century saw a huge uptick, first from two devastating world wars and more recently due to shifts in cultural values.

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