Essay about Absent Fathers

705 Words Mar 23rd, 2013 3 Pages
Absent Fathers These days it is not uncommon for children to grow up in a single-mother household with little or no contact from their fathers. I was one of those children. When I was younger I never understood why my dad didn’t want me or why he would take part in conceiving me if he didn’t even care to know who I was. Every year I waited for a phone call, birthday wishes, or a Christmas card, and sadly got nothing. Being raised by a single mother is said to be a cause of some of our country’s most serious social problems. In Quassan T. Castros article, My Father, No Show, he tells us how curious he was about who his absent father is. When Castro gets in contact with his father and explains to him the circumstances under which he …show more content…
If a parent chooses not to pay it the amount they owe could be taken out of their pay checks or income taxes. If fathers took responsibility and actually took care of their kids they probably wouldn’t have to waste time and money resolving custody or child support issues. There are many statistics that shows what horrible effects absent fathers have on their children. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one out of three children in America live in father-absent homes. The crime rate, particularly in boys, rises when they live in a home without their biological father. It is said that girls raised by single mothers are more at risk for teen pregnancy and are twice as likely to suffer from emotional and physical neglect or abuse. All of these things show that being raised in a home with no father is in fact harmful to a child’s well-being. I’ve never met or tried to find my biological father, but as far as I’ve seen, I prove all of these statistics wrong. I am now 20 years old, and while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in college, I continue to stay drug-free, have no children, and have a healthy-home life. It is common for children without fathers to do badly in school, to get in trouble, to get pregnant at a young age, to do drugs or become incarcerated, and feel like they didn’t have as equal of a chance as the other kids that have both of their parents. We will never be able to control who we have in our lives; whether it’s just our mom, just our dad, or both

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