FATHERS are abandoning their families in increasing numbers. In the late 1990's, the newspaper USA Today called the United States "the world leader in families without fathers." However, the absence of fathers is a worldwide problem.
In Brazil a 2000 census report revealed that the number of families headed by women was 11.2 million out of a total of 44.7 million. In Nicaragua, 25 percent of children lived with their mothers only. In Costa Rica the number of children not recognized by