Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) was created in February 1997 to address the increasing problem of father absence in society. Research indicates that some 24,000,000 children - 1.1 million in Illinois alone - are growing up today in homes without their fathers. Children from fatherless homes are more likely to:
IFI is the country’s first state-wide non-profit fatherhood organization whose mission is connecting children and fathers by actively engaging fathers in the education of children.
IFI was founded with the belief that every child deserves to grow up in a home with a loving, caring and involved father or father-figure.
Through strategic alliances with private, non-profit, and governmental organizations IFI will create and strengthen existing child/father programs by harnessing and unleashing the energy of a diverse group of volunteers (women and men, young and old, and those with and without means) to position Illinois as one of the country’s leading advocates of responsible fathering.