Why aren’t there more resources for Single Fathers?

There are a variety of reasons why there may be fewer resources available for single fathers compared to single mothers. There is an entire population of men in the world who all have unique stories on how and why they became single fathers, whether it was forced upon them by family court or by their own choice. Here is a list of some reasons why there are not enough resources for all single fathers:
  • Societal stereotypes and biases: There is a stereotype that views mothers as the primary caregivers and fathers as providers, which can lead to less support and resources being available for single fathers. Single mothers are more likely to be viewed as in need of assistance, whereas single fathers are expected to be able to provide for their children on their own.
  • Smaller population: Single fathers make up a smaller percentage of single-parent households compared to single mothers. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2019, single fathers made up just 18% of single-parent households with children under the age of 18, whereas single mothers made up 82% of those households. This can lead to fewer resources being specifically tailored for the needs of single fathers.
  • Less access to government assistance: Single fathers are less likely to receive government assistance compared to single mothers. For example, in the United States, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides financial assistance to low-income families, is more commonly used by single mothers than single fathers. This is partly due to the fact that the program has certain eligibility requirements that are more difficult for single fathers to meet.
  • Lack of advocacy groups: There are fewer advocacy groups and organizations specifically focused on the needs of single fathers compared to single mothers. This can make it more difficult for single fathers to find support and resources that are tailored to their specific needs.

However, in recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of supporting single fathers and their families, and more resources are becoming available for them. Some examples of organizations and resources for single fathers:

  • National Fatherhood Initiative: A nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the well-being of children by increasing the number of involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives.
  • Single Fathers by Choice: An organization that provides support and resources for men who are raising children on their own through adoption or surrogacy.
  • American Association of Single Parents: A support group for single parents of all genders, which offers resources and information for dealing with the challenges of single parenthood.

It’s worth noting that, although less available, the resources and support for single fathers are increasing and developing as society’s perspective is changing towards acknowledging the needs and roles of fathers in child rearing. However, the support is not always enough or not accessable for various reasons.

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