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Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • People with Disabilities
  • Veterans & Military Families


1515 S GROVE AVE ST 3667BARRINGTON, IL 60010 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Mission Statement Improving the lives of children by raising awareness and resources for greater father involvement; and inspiring dads to be present --physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. Vision Statement That all children will grow up with a loving, caring and nurturing father and family.



21CDF is a 501c3 created to address the issue of father absence, one of the root causes of what ails society.

THE ISSUE: Father Absence

There are approximately 24 million kids growing up across America without their dads. Children from father-absent homes are more likely to; drop out of school, abuse drugs and alcohol, get involved with crime and become incarcerated, become teen parents, have psychological problems and commit suicide.

There are a number of factors contributing to father absence, including, but not limited to:

  • Out-of-Wedlock Births, which have increased from 11% in 1970 to 41% today
  • Divorce, which strikes an estimated 1:2 marriages,
  • Lack of Paternity Establishment, which is greater than 50% in some communities,
  • Incarceration, which is more acute in certain populations,
  • Abandonment, which can be both physical and emotional
  • Lack of Employment, which results in a lack of supporting basic needs
  • Death, occurs prematurely too often among low income families.


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