Changing the World ONE FATHER at a time!
Fatherlessness impacts nationally and internationally fatherlessness crosses all boards. The most impacted persons affected by fatherlessness are the children.
Children are impacted the most by fatherlessness as the research shows that children that do not have their fathers in the home are 4 four times more likely of not finishing high school totaling 71% of dropouts. Six times more of abusing alcohol and drugs. 63% of youth suicides comes from fatherless homes. 90% of all homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes.
These children grow up to become adults with these same issues that will pass on to their kids and continue this cycle of generational fatherlessness. When fathers are not given or prevented the opportunity to be active in their child’s lives children are led to believe they have no value and that their father doesn’t want them. When in actuality the father not only wants to be active but he is not allowed or given an opportunity to be involved to the level in which the child would like him to be.
We see this play out when fathers attempt to be involved or get information from schools and are denied without a written court order in hand. Or fathers attempt to have x number of overnights and are instead limited to four nights a month. Even in the court system we do not see fathers get the same equitable opportunities to be engaged with their children.
"The U.S. is becoming an increasingly fatherless society. A generation ago, an American child could reasonably expect to grow up with his or her father. Today an American child can reasonably expect not to. Fatherlessness is now approaching a rough parity with fatherhood as a defining feature of American childhood."
Unfortunately, most often fathers are disconnected from family when they are going through the child support and child custody process. They are in space of hopelessness at that point and they reach out to our organization to receive help navigating those murky waters, systems, and institutions that prohibit them from being able to stay engaged and involved. We educate and assist our fathers with effective strategies and techniques that allow them to maneuver successfully through these difficult areas that would otherwise prevent them from being active and involved in their child’s life.
Additional we also help family’s identity opportunities for not only engaging young people but being able to see and model what an active and engaged father does for them. As some of those fathers may not have had an active father in their own life. We are helping them walk through the things that have historically been a challenge for them. We are a support system as we are there to help lift them up when they are feeling at their lowest.
We are a conduit and a support system to help them feel valued. In a world where subconsciously, there isn’t a lot of literature around fatherhood that relates to the experience, there is also not allot of images that show positive father engagement so we provide that for them as well.
Fathers United is a support group comprised of Fathers from all different walks of life who have come together and bonded through their experiences fighting for custody of their children. Majority of our members represented themselves pro-se while some were fortunate enough to afford the services of a lawyer.
The uniting force that binds all members is our love for our kids and community. In noticing the severe lack of resources for fathers across the globe Fathers United is doing it's share to change the narrative by having every father active in every child's life.
Founder/President: La 'Vaar Wynn
Vice President: Donte Ford
Treasurer: Sharmaine Ridley
Areas of expertise:
• Parental rights
• Child Support/Custody
• Parenting skills
• Communication skills
• Business skills
• Financial knowledge/ assistance
• Legal assistance
• Housing assistance
• Health awareness/assistance
• Voter Registration
• Educational advancement
• Customer Service Skills
• Community Service