Since his days in the Illinois State Senate, President Obama has done an annual speech on the fatherhood, rooted in his own experience growing up without a father and now raising 2 Strong, Smart, and Bold young girls himself.
When he got to the White House, President Obama wanted to delve deeper into this issue and convened a task force entitled Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families to hold regional round tables on the topic of fatherhood.
In this work, President Obama has been intentional about involving women’s groups. He is aware of the heavy load borne by single mothers--often thanklessly--due to absent fathers. He is also aware that some mothers are single by choice due to domestic violence or other concerns about the father.
Many women were turned off by fatherhood programs under prior administrations, due to their unproven, religiously-based, or coercive nature.
President Obama’s Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families agenda will focus on 3 key areas: