Negative stereotypes against young fathers of color cause society to discount their struggles and bar them from participating in safety net programs. Social policy advocates concerned about improving outcomes for children and families must factor in the fatherhood lens when fighting for policy reform.
“When compared to white and Hispanic fathers across socioeconomic status, Black fathers are actually equally (or more) involved with their children on a number of activities including feeding, diapering, playing, and reading to them.”
“Social policy advocates concerned about improving outcomes for children and families must factor in young fathers who are a vital part of their children’s lives.”
- The perception of young adult fathers of color is clouded by “deadbeat dad” narratives that are statistically false. However, the narrative persists and creates policy barriers to social safety net services that are difficult for these fathers to overcome.
- For young fathers just entering the workforce with limited assets, supplemental services would meet their basic needs and facilitate their ability to work and provide for their family. Despite advocacy efforts around the things these young adult fathers need, a distinct fatherhood lens is missing.