According to Papas, funded by the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention, it is estimated that one in three children in the United States lives without their biological father. Children who live in homes with absent biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems and to be victims of child abuse.
Reclaiming Futures Santa Cruz County is taking preventative action through Hands on Fatherhood, a program designed for fathers and father-figures to encourage each other and increase meaningful father-child relationships. In the video below, Community Fellow, Jaime Molina, describes the wonderful work they are doing to connect fathers and children.
Many thanks to Jaime and caring adults everywhere!
Please call (503) 725-8911 to learn more about bringing Reclaiming Futures to your community.
Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.