The President's Fatherhood Pledge

Fatherlessness is a growing crisis in America, one that underlies many of the challenges that families are facing. When dads aren't around, young people are more likely to drop out of school, use drugs, be involved in the criminal justice system, and become young parents themselves.

President Obama grew up without his dad, and has said that being a father is the most important job he has. That's why the President is joining dads from across the nation in a fatherhood pledge — a pledge that we'll do everything we can to be there for our children and for young people whose fathers are not around.

Take The President's Fatherhood Pledge

In response to President Obama’s call for a national conversation on responsible fatherhood and healthy families:

  • I pledge to renew my commitment to family and community.
  • I recognize the positive impact that fathers, mothers, mentors, and other responsible adults can have on our children and youth, and pledge to do all I can to provide children in my home and throughout my community the encouragement and support they need to fulfill their potential.
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The President's Fatherhood Pledge is an effort to encourage individuals, especially fathers, to be involved in the lives of their children, and to be positive role models and mentors for the children in their lives and communities.

Providing pledge information is optional. Information submitted by individuals signing the pledge is kept by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse [NRFC] and used only by Initiative partners (Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships) to communicate information on responsible fatherhood, healthy families, and strong communities.

The NRFC does not sell or distribute user information to third parties. Unless otherwise required by statute, the NRFC does not publicly identify sender questions or comments. The NRFC does not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit the site, unless you choose to provide such information.

Email addresses will be added to the NRFC Initiative Updates, which will highlight tools, news, and tips to encourage fatherhood and mentoring.

Mobil phone numbers may be used to send SMS messages from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and/or Administration for Children and Families.

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