To turn the tide of fatherlessness, Attorney Jeffery Leving will dedicate his Fathers' Rights Legal Show this Saturday on Power 92.3 FM to all fathers in all communities everywhere. Tune in at 9:00am (CT). You can stream live at http://power92chicago.com to listen to the show.
This Sunday is set aside to honor and celebrate Father's Day, however, many dads in Chicago will be spending the day alone. This unfortunate condition is related to the reality that over 50% of children born in Chicago are born out-of-wedlock. This statistic translates into the harsh reality that many of these children will never know their dads. This is an alarming issue for our nation that needs to be confronted head-on.
The national average statistic is lower, but not by much – 41% of children born in the USA are born out-of-wedlock. This translates into millions of children living absent their biological father. Not good, considering children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, more likely to be poor, to experience educational problems, become victims of abuse, and are more likely to engage in criminal behavior. But there is hope, because many young men are now placing fatherhood and family time at the top of their list of priorities.
For over 30 years, Jeffery Leving has traveled the United States to save an integral part of the American Family - Fathers. Long before he promoted the importance of fatherhood with President Obama, Mr. Leving was in the headlines where he helped reunite Elian Gonzalez with his father in Cuba. Mr. Leving has also established himself as a policy maker, co-authoring The Illinois Joint Custody Law as well as other legislation. Named one of "America's Best Lawyers" by Forbes, Leving is the Chairman of the Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood (www.responsiblefatherhood.com).
Not all children are fortunate enough to have a father in their lives. We can never forget that to improve the well-being of America's children, we must restore paternal involvement as a societal norm in all communities.