National Fatherhood Initiative® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to reverse our nation’s destructive trend towards father absence. Today, over 24 million American children live in homes in which their biological fathers do not live. On average, these children face a host of risks to their physical, economic, and emotional well-being as a result of living without the presence of an involved, responsible, and committed father. Therefore, NFI’s mission is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives.
The Positive Impact of Father Involvement
In a study examining father involvement with 134 children of adolescent mothers over the first 10 years of life, researchers found that father-child contact was associated with better socio-emotional and academic functioning. The results indicated that children with more involved fathers experienced fewer behavioral problems and scored higher on reading achievement. This study showed the significance of the role of fathers in the lives of at-risk children, even in case of nonresident fathers.
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Mothers are typically viewed as overseeing their children's education and development, while fathers are thought to be less involved. There are good reasons for this often true perception. However, better reasons exist to change it and to use the commonly untapped resource of fathers when working with a family that has a child with a disability.
Unfortunately, there isn't much research on fathers and even less on fathers who have children with disabilities to guide the way.
What is known is that fathers of children with disabilities think of themselves pretty much the same as fathers of children without disabilities. They both spend about the same time caring for their children and generally take on the role of playmate rather than care giver.
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When you become a parent, it changes you. But when your tiny, brand new baby is given a life-altering diagnose that thrusts you into the world of special needs, it really changes you. Read full article here.