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Fatherhood Educational Institute Recognizes Father
Factor During National Child Abuse Prevention Month
CHICAGO – April 3, 2012 – April is National Child Abuse
Prevention Month and the Fatherhood Educational Institute
(http://fatherhood-edu.org) encourages responsible fatherhood in
the prevention of child abuse not just in April, but in every month.
PARTNERS WITH THE Research demonstrates that father absence is associated with
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
higher rates of child abuse and neglect. Boyfriends of the mother
70 West Madison Street in single-mother households were responsible for 67% of the
Suite 1400, #14012A reported cases of child abuse. In cases of child sexual abuse the
Chicago, IL 60602 majority of children lived in disrupted or single-parent homes. 27%
Phone: (312) 795-9060 of abused children live with either a stepfather or the mother’s
boyfriend. In addition, children who live in father-absent homes
President are at 77% greater risk of being physically abused and 120% more
likely to be endangered by maltreatment.
-Jeffery M. Leving, J.D. The Fatherhood Educational Institute recognizes responsible
fatherhood as a critical step in combating child abuse as fathers
Board of Directors: are vanishing from the social landscape. Service providers, social
-James M. Hagler, J.D.
-Walter A. Jones, Jr.
workers and educators can support healthy child development and
-Timothy S. O’Grady, J.D. positive family relationships by supporting responsible fatherhood
in an environment of nurturing father-child interactions, teaching
Counsel: discipline that is safe and age-appropriate, and fostering early
-Kirk A. Hoopingarner, J.D.
-Kirk A. Hoopingarner, J.D., Secretary “April is a time to celebrate the vital role fathers play in protecting
children,” said Attorney James M. Hagler, an FEI Director. “We will
Advisory Board: socially bankrupt our communities if we fail to promote involved
-Dr. William Martin
and responsible fatherhood – it is one of the most effective ways
our communities strengthen families and prevent child abuse now
and for generations to come.”
Honorary Advisor for Urban Affairs:
-U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis
7 Congressional District For more information about what families and communities can do
to overcome the devastating problem of child abuse and father
Honorary Advisor for Media Affairs: absence visit http://fatherhood-edu.org.
-Gordon Bell, former NFL player
Clear Channel Communications
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