The feeling of closeness to a father is critically linked to a child’s health and wellbeing. Dads who are knowledgeable, active, and emotionally engaged with their children brighten the future for their kids in school, employment, and relationships.

The Pew Research Center reports that more than 25 percent of fathers live apart from their children, a third of whom communicate with their children less than one time per month. One in four say they have not seen their children at all in the past year.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa supports programming that proactively engages fathers in their children’s lives. Contact us for more information about how you can get involved in the Iowa Fatherhood Initiative.