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Florida Leaders Join Forces to Tackle Fatherhood Crisis
Commissioner Jack Brewer Joins Florida Speaker in Support of the Fatherless Bill
Tallahassee, FL /February 16, 2022 – Today, Commissioner Jack Brewer, joined Florida Speaker of the House, Rep. Chris Sprowls in support of House Bill 7065, a bill aiming to tackle the fatherless crisis in the state of Florida.
“There’s a fatherless problem in every state when you have a culture that doesn’t hold Dads accountable, and you have government programs that disincentive the family,” said Jack Brewer, Commissioner, Federal Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys and Founder of The Jack Brewer Foundation. “I have youth programs in Broward County, and I am dealing with kids every single day that have significant problems as a direct result of not having a strong family home structure for these children to go home to. It’s just not right. As Americans, who have the blessings that God has given us, we must stand for the voiceless. We have 18 million fatherless kids in our nation, we should all be embarrassed by that.”
H.B. 7065 will provide over $70 million in funding for various initiatives such as financial assistance to struggling fathers and mentoring programs for at-risk boys. It funds various programs to help single fathers meet their child support commitments and become self-sufficient. The bill also provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations in neighborhoods that run leadership programs for children and increases the state's Postsecondary Education Supports and Services job college readiness program for foster children.
“From poverty to crime to incarceration, just about every negative outcome we see for young boys and men in today’s society is in part due to an absent father,” said Speaker Sprowls. “We cannot legislate fatherhood, responsibility or character. But we can direct some state resources to ensure that fathers, father figures and mentors have the support they need to be inspired, equipped, and excited about being present and active in their children’s lives. Today, we are making historic investments toward this critical goal and calling on all Florida men to rise up and be the fathers and role models our sons need.”
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