A child without parental guidance or love has virtually no chance. Studies have shown that children's brains are affected by lack of attention. This lawyer, Marilyn York, who represents fathers presents many statistics about how disadvantaged children are when they lack a father in the home.Again, it’s up to the individual, not the parents or community.
"According to CDC statistics 90% of homeless children grew up in fatherless homes. 7:19 of video. 71% of school dropouts were raised in fatherless homes (7:40) 63% of minors who commit suicides grew up in fatherless homes (7:42) Also, children with involved fathers have stronger motor and cognitive skills, elevated mental and physical health and are more empathetic.(8:50)"
Here is one explanation of how lack of affection hurts children's brains. "The plight of Romania's orphans, brought to light with the fall of communism and the reign of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, dramatically illustrated the effects severe emotional neglect may have on a child's development. Such deprivation, it turns out, has profound implications for a child's brain development, physical growth and long-term mental health." https://www.hellomotherhood.com/a-lack-of-affection-in-childhood-development-8143877.html