Research & Advocacy

The Jack Brewer Foundation’s fatherhood ministry has partnered with the nation’s leading think tanks, research and advocacy organizations to empower our fatherhood ministry with evidence based data. This includes our in-house publications of articles, reports, op-eds and white papers. Our research and advocacy has helped elevate and promote solutions to several complex issues relating to the nation’s fatherhood crisis. This research includes national, state and local surveys and data publications that address the complex ways that fatherlessness continues to impact society.

The Jack Brewer Foundations advocacy efforts have helped support many of our nation’s most impactful fatherhood legislative policies. This includes a recent United State Congressional Fatherhood Resolution, various statewide fatherhood legislations, resolutions and amendments that have led to reforms in criminal justice, education, mentorship, child welfare as well as support and programs for criminal justice impacted fathers who are veterans and youthful offenders.

America's crisis is a lack of fathers

Father’s Day is this weekend but as we celebrate we must not forget the millions of children who are growing up without a dad in the home

Jack Brewer: Lack of father figure leading to poor proficiency in education

Gov. DeSantis signs child welfare bill to support 'responsible' fatherhood

He signed the bill at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training center in Tampa.

TAMPA, Fla. — On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis — with daughter Mamie in his lap and daughter Madison by his side — signed HB 7065, a child welfare bill that promotes “responsible” fatherhood in the state.

He put pen to paper at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. The new law, which will take effect on July 1, will provide $70 million to organizations that promote fatherhood and support families in Florida. 

“If you look over the last many decades, one of the worst social trends has been the decline of fatherhood,” DeSantis said during the news conference as he stood in front of a placard that read “Strong Fathers, Strong Florida.”

“And we do have, in many instances, a fatherhood crisis in this country. The fact of the matter is when you take kids that do not have a father present during their upbringing, the chance of them dropping out of school, getting involved in trouble with the law, having other difficulties increases dramatically.” 

The $70 million earmarked in this bill will help fund programs throughout Florida that help families and parents. The funding will be distributed through the Florida Department of Children and Families, DeSantis said.

Joining him for the announcement was former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy, who is also the spokesperson of and contributor to Tampa-based All Pro Dad

“I wanna thank everybody [who’s been a part of this bill] because it’s going to allow groups like ours, people like you to do great things for our fathers here in Florida.” 

“This bill isn’t going to solve everything, but I think it can help, and I think empowering groups like you see with Tony Dungy and Jack Brewer is going to make a real, real difference,” DeSantis said.

America's crisis is a lack of fathers

Father’s Day is this weekend but as we celebrate we must not forget the millions of children who are growing up without a dad in the home

As our country commemorates Father’s Day this weekend, it is important that we recognize the millions of children throughout our nation who are growing up without their fathers. Data from the United States Census Bureau shows that nearly 18.5 million children grow up without their fathers, which has in return led to the United States owning the title of the world’s leader in fatherlessness. 

We know that fatherhood is essential to the development of our children, and the increased involvement of fathers in the home leads to better results on a wide variety of outcomes. From economic prosperity, increased academic performance, to improved social mobility; fathers in their respective homes continue to be a key indicator of success for all children across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups. That is why we have joined forces to introduce a resolution into the U.S. House of Representatives that promotes fatherhood and its proven benefit to society.

There is little doubt that America is experiencing an unprecedented fatherless crisis. Approximately 80% of single-parent homes are led by single mothers; therefore, leading to nearly 25% of our youth growing up without a father in the home. 

This staggering statistic has not only destroyed the nuclear family but has devastated communities across the nation. For example, 85% of children and teens with behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes, and over 70% of all adolescent patients in drug and alcohol treatment centers originate from homes without fathers. 

Fatherless youth eventually become adults who, without the structure of a two-parent household, struggle to gain their footing in the world.

There is little doubt that America is experiencing an unprecedented fatherless crisis.

As America deals with a rise in crime, substance abuse, incarceration, decreased social mobility, and economic strains, we must acknowledge the impact that fatherlessness has had on all these issues. We must recognize how we, as fathers, empower, teach and develop our children plays a direct role in their well-being, mental health and ability to persevere through adversity. This resolution allows us—as both elected officials and advocates for the nuclear family—to recognize and promote federal policies which incentivize two-parent households.


However, the effort to promote fatherhood should not remain solely within the confines of Capitol Hill.

In Florida, we saw a successful and bipartisan effort from Tallahassee to champion fatherhood with the passage of HB 7065 that included millions in funding for educational and mentorship programs for at-risk youth and support for struggling fathers.

We encourage other state governments throughout the union to both recognize and champion fatherhood as we—alongside many others—have as well.

Statement on House Resolution Promoting Fatherhood in America

Washington, DC.– America First Works Senior Advisor Jack Brewer issued the following statement in support of Congressman Burgess Owens’ (UT-04) and Congressman Bryon Donalds’ (FL-19) House Resolution that addresses the importance of fatherhood and the fatherlessness crisis plaguing America:

“Today, our Nation is facing a serious crisis—the destruction of the nuclear family and fatherlessness. This resolution could not come at a better time, and I am incredibly grateful Congressman Burgess Owens and Congressman Byron Donalds are taking the first step in addressing this issue head-on,” said Brewer. “This Resolution encourages responsible fatherhood, as fathers are head of households, which will uplift all Americans, especially those in vulnerable communities. Fatherlessness is at the center of every major issue we are facing today, and its effects range from education, health, crime, and more. If Congress is serious about establishing policies to help rebuild the foundation of righteousness in America, they will support this resolution to support a father’s critical role in children’s lives.”

Fatherlessness statistics in the U.S.:

• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.

• 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.

• 75% of families relying on government support through public housing are led by single women.

• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.

According to the Census Bureau, about 1 in 4 children live without a father in the home. In addition, the U.S. has the highest rate of children living in single-parent households among any country globally, and Black children are disproportionally affected by this epidemic, with nearly 6 million Black children in the U.S. growing up in a single-parent home.