The absent father stands alone as the most reliable predictor of social and psychological trouble. Research by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that annual household income is below $30,000 for 65 percent of children in single-mother families, compared with 15 percent of children in two-parent families. Children raised in homes without fathers are more likely to run away, commit suicide, use drugs, be arrested, and engage in a host of other unfortunate—and sometimes deadly—behaviors.
The article cited gives three proposals, the first two strictly secular, the third rather new-age, which may or may not work, and work to varying degrees.
What is the solution? Well, liberals, of course, say the way to eradicate poverty is through massive government spending, transferring more and more wealth from those they see as, "rich" to those who need it, the, "poor." This is hopelessly naive and unfortunatley, even laughable. It just plain has not worked, nor will it ever. An organization called, Make Poverty History" laments the fact that Canada's Parliament, in 1989, vowed to end child poverty by the year 2000. Laughable? Yes! It's like Parliament committing to meet the requirements of the Kyoto Accord. It's just not going to happen, whether the committment was well-intentioned or disingenuous.
The real solution will be one of morality and accountability. I have posted on this subject before and you can link to my other posts by the labels below, so I won't dwell at length here, but here's a start.
We can stop indoctrinating our young people into sexual irresponsibility through our popular songs and culture (the American Music Awards are on in the background as I write, and some of the numbers on this show are prime examples). The popular dancing shows on TV, Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance could stop simulating sex on stage. This applies in particular to the hip-hop choreographers on the latter, whose work is especially blatant, and whose main focus is young black men, the very ones (according to the article cited above) who most need to hear the message of self-restraint and sexual responsibility.
Will it happen? I don't expect so. Would it work? Yes, I'm sure it would. Of course, the best solution, ultimately, would be a true change of heart, a new heart, a work of God.