DeSantis Signs Bill Boosting Fatherhood Programs

DeSantis Signs Bill Boosting Fatherhood Programs Ron DeSantis Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 11 April 2022 03:03 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday promoting programs that help fathers in the state spend more time at home and act as role models for at-risk children, Florida Politics reports.

"If you look over the last many decades, one of the worst social trends has been the decline of fatherhood. We do have, in many instances, a fatherhood crisis in this country," DeSantis said ahead of the signing at the training facility for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"When you take kids that do not have a father present in their upbringing, the chance of them dropping out of school, getting involved in trouble with the law, having other difficulties, increases dramatically," he added.

Florida Politics notes that the legislation passed both the Florida House and Senate with unanimous consent. It provides $60.2 million for fatherhood programs that will help fund mentorship programs and set aside tens of millions to support fathers.

"This is the kind of thing that is going to change the lives of children throughout the state of Florida for generations to come," said Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls, a Republican.

"This is going to be tremendous and be such a big help to fathers in Florida, agencies that support fathers in Florida," added Tony Dungy, the former head coach of the Buccaneers who founded the Dungy Family Foundation.

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