KENT COUNTY, Mich. - Many children are working on plans to make their dads feel special this Father's Day. Sadly, one in three children in this country are being raised without their biological fathers in the home. It's called the Father Absence Crisis and there is a group here in West Michigan working to combat the problem.
According to the organization's website, "Dads Count is a community coalition that educates and encourages fathers and father figures to be involved in children’s lives starting from pregnancy and going through all stages of life."
Matt Haviland is an author and member of the coalition. He says not having a father in their lives can have devastating effects on children.
Things like poverty, behavioral problems, substance abuse and even obesity can be tied directly to the so-called 'Father Factor.'
"Dads Count brings together a variety of organizations that serve families, including public health, social services and education. The Coalition and its member organizations host professional, educational opportunities for those who work with families, as well as occasionally holding community events that educate and empower fathers."
Dads Count is one of the organizers behind a "free" Celebration of Fatherhood happening Saturday, June 16. It is from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at LifeQuest. There will be free food, games and presentations.
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