Fatherhood / Male Involvement Facts

The Santa Clara County Strategic Plan

The Fatherhood and Male Involvement Strategic Plan 2009 is available for download and review.

2009 Strategic Plan 54 Pages (3.1 Mbs) .pdf

Key Findings

  • Research indicates that fathers have an independent effect on child well-being.

  • Although involved fathers are spending more time with their children, fewer men overall are actually involved with their children.

  • Several barriers can cause a father to be uninvolved in their child's life. These barriers include: level of maturity, incarceration, financial troubles, substance abuse, cultural constraints, or a bad relationship with the child's mother.

  • In Santa Clara County, 20,027 children under age 6 live in a family household with no father present.