Program aims to strengthen bond between black fathers, sons

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is set to play host to a federally funded program designed to strengthen the bond between young African-American boys and their fathers who don’t live with them.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Fathers and Sons Program is coming to Chicago after a small trial run in Flint, Michigan. The $3 million Chicago project will expand the program to 400 families in the city’s Washington Park neighborhood in hopes of developing a national model. 

The program’s ultimate goal is to decrease the boys’ risky behavior and to enhance the men’s parenting.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported last year that 57 percent of black children lived in a home without their biological father.