Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:30

U.S. statisitics about fatherless families should raise concerns in Canada

Written by  Dale Ferrel
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Over the past many decades countless studies have been completed by those concerned about the effects on families living without a father.

One of the first was initiated by U.S. Senator and socialist scholar Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
All come to the same basic conclusion that the lack of a father in a child’s life creates serious negative problems during their upbringing and future. Not always, as I am aware of some good outcomes by mothers raising children without a father’s presence.
For the vast majority of cases the results are terrible.U.S. figures indicate that Children without a father are four times more likely to be raised in poverty.
Nine times more likely to drop out of school.
Ten times more likely to abuse alcohol and, or, drugs.
Twenty times more likely to be incarcerated as seventy per cent of those adolescents end up in correctional facilities .
Eighty per cent of the same group required psychiatric care and were twice as likely to commit suicide.
Seventy per cent of teen pregnancies happen in a fatherless environment.
Children were also nine times more likely to be abused or raped; among the many serious indignities.
Children are fatherless for several reasons. Many have been orphaned or abandoned. Some are born to a mother who never married or was widowed. Others raised by a mother who was separated or divorced.
The bad news is that the U.S. figures demonstrated an increase from one in ten in 1960 to one in four in 2014. That certainly piqued my interest.
I have little reason to believe that the figures are much better for Canada.
A new study here revealed that homeless youths are not being properly supported by our foster care systems. Three in five homeless youths  emerged from our broken child welfare system; about 200 times more than from the general population.
A successful program should intercede up to age 25; about eight years longer than the present ones.
 The 2016 census revealed that about 44,000 youth were in foster care. As usual the provinces and the federal government each blame the other while no one takes any real action.
Child protection legislation needs a serious upgrading to stop the oppression. The horrendous cost to our society seems lost on our politicians and is most irksome to me.
In closing and while on the topic of raising children, I am heartened by recent findings by a University of Alberta study. W
hen I was a child, I don’t recall very many allergy issues.
Today our kids, mainly raised in a bubble seem laced with allergy problems while over indulging in “frankenfood” processed garbage and falling into obesity parked for hours in front of their computers.
Our whole society can get disrupted over a peanut butter sandwich or someone inhaling a bit of cat hair.
Researchers at the U. of Alberta found families with furry pets, especially dogs showed double the level of gut microbes that cause much lower risks for allergies and obesity. Babies exposed to the dirt and bacteria from pet fur and paws developed double the immunity when exposed to their presence.
Pet to mother to the unborn babies showed positive results during the first three months of pregnancy.
Pets appear to reduce the chance of mother to child strep infections during birth which can lead to pneumonia. 

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