Despite differences and variations, fathers often represent a formative influence in our personal development. These days, though, it has become increasingly common for a child to be fathered by a man who isn’t married to the child’s mother – and may never get to know his son or daughter.
Robert Rector, Heritage’s senior research fellow for domestic policy studies, steps up to the microphone for a special Father’s Day conversation on this hidden cause of childhood poverty in America. In the resulting audio podcast, Rector talks about the need for society to place great emphasis on the importance of married fathers.
Listen in for this Father’s Day edition of the “Heritage in Focus” podcast, titled “Robert Rector on Married Fathers: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty.”
Rector will talk about his new paper, which cites research showing how being born to an unmarried mother substantially increases a child’s chances of living in poverty. A child born to married parents, on the other hand, is 80 percent less likely to be poor.
Hear Rector describe what’s at stake for marriage and the American family. Subscribers to our “Heritage in Focus” podcast get regular quality time with policy experts who, like Rector, bring insight and practical conservative solutions to bear on the hottest issues of the day.
Vincent Coglianese is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm