Lack of fathers a ‘social and public health emergency’ in JA


Quite a strong statement today from the head of the National Association for the Family, Dr. Michael Coombs. According to Dr. Coombs, the lack of fathers in the family home is a national social and public health emergency. From a Jamaica Observer story:

“85 per cent of Jamaican children were born out of wedlock, which he said was perhaps the highest in the world. He added that the breakdown in family life has led to increased levels of crimes and violence, youth incarceration and sexual abuse, among other social maladies.

This is not an easy problem to solve, of course, but Dr. Coombs aims to see improvement within five to 10 years through several efforts, including a national mentorship initiative. There is no doubt about the power of mentoring, as I have written about before. It just seems as though this is just one tiny blast of warm air aimed at unfreezing a problem the size of a glacier.

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