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Fathers & Crime

My son Thomas, who is studying criminal justice at Cedarville University, sent me this link:  Below are some frightening statistics.  Frightening because there are so many fatherless homes these days:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Center for Disease Control)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average.  (National Principals Association Report)
- Children with fathers who are involved are 40% less likely to repeat a grade in school and 70% less likely to drop out of school.
- 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average.  (Fulton Co. Georgia, Texas Dept. of Correction)
- 71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]

    So fathers need to be involved in the family.  When they are, the children commit less crime and get in less trouble.  While this is true for earthly fathers, how much so with our heavenly Father.  He is always available to us.  We can pray to him whenever we want.  He is always interested in our activities.  He knows us better than we know ourselves. 

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