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    Fathers Optional? Not to Children

    Father’s Day is this Sunday. A time to celebrate fathers throughout America, it is also a time to bring renewed attention to the consequences of fatherless households. President Obama has been a powerful spokesman for those growing up without a father, drawing on personal experience that he recalls frequently. Consider … More

    Family Fact: Fatherlessness in America

    Sixty percent of kids in Richmond, Virginia, are without a dad in the home, reports First Things First of Greater Richmond. First Things First works to help men become actively involved in their children’s lives in Richmond, Virginia, because, as the group explains, often “it’s the fathers that leave the … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family and Religious Practice

    Religious practice and the family are intricately intertwined, according to Mary Eberstadt, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Eberstadt studied the relationship between family and religious practice and describes their inter-dependence in her new book How the West Really Lost God. Eberstadt explains their relationship as “the … More

    Morning Bell: The Marriage Debate Through a Child's Eyes

    Earlier this month, 11-year-old Grace Evans appeared before a panel of Minnesota lawmakers considering a redefinition of marriage in that state. She testified to the significance of her mother and father and the different contributions each makes to her life. Then she ended with a simple question: “Which parent do … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Celebrate Marriage’s Many Benefits This Valentine’s Day

    Married couples across the country will commemorate St. Valentine’s Day today by exchanging cards and flowers and raising a glass to love. But marriage also provides a host of social, economic, and even health benefits. As research on Heritage’s FamilyFacts.org demonstrates, married families tend to have better financial health, increased … More

    Restoring Marriage Requires Knowing What It Is

    “The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent,” despite the impression its title might give, was released earlier this week not by the Obama Administration but by the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia. It is a timely, compelling, and important … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Fathers' Involvement Helps Teens Delay Sexual Activity

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics adds to a body of research showing the importance of fathers in protecting children against negative outcomes, from lower academic achievement to poverty. The study found that teens who have close emotional relationships with their fathers are more likely to put off … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Why Fathers Matter

    This weekend, many Americans will be scouring stores for the latest tech toys or tools to express their gratitude to Dad this Father’s Day. While many will thank their fathers for the memories of fishing trips and driving lessons, the benefits of a father’s care and concern extend far beyond … More

    When Fathers Become 'Courageous'

    The critical importance of committed fatherhood to the well-being of children is the theme of  “Courageous,” the latest little faith-based movie that could from Georgia-based brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick. The film made a strong beginning at hitting home: “Courageous” was Fandango’s weeklong king of advance ticket sales as it … More

    Americans Are Right: Children Need a Father

    The results are in: The majority of Americans continue to agree that children should be raised by both parents. In a nationally representative study by the Pew Research Center, researchers found that most people still believe that “the growing prevalence of mothers who have no male partners around to help … More