An absent father is one who is not around to take care of his children.

This may be because he is working or traveling a lot, or because he is in prison, or because he has died.

Children who have an absent father often feel lonely and abandoned.

They may also have trouble with their schoolwork and with their relationships with other people.

As many as one in three children in the United States live without their fathers.

The effects of this are wide-ranging, from poorer mental health outcomes to increased rates of crime and incarceration.

While there are many reasons why fathers may not be present in a child’s life, one of the most common is that they are incarcerated.

I have curated some of the best ‘Absent Father’ quotes, sayings and captions for you to read and share with others.


Absent Father Quotes

When your father is absent, you have to believe in yourself. ~ Unknown Author.

If a guy has children and he has nothing to do with them, he is a douche. ~ Unknown Author.

A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men. ~ Unknown Author.

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An absent father is like a ghost that lives in the back of your mind. ~ Unknown Author.

A child needs both his parents to be a complete individual. ~ Unknown Author.

So many of our young women today, they’re growing up without a father, but they’re still thirsty for that and desiring positive male love. ~ Hill Harper.

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A letter to the father who doesn’t know how awesome I am. ~ Unknown Author.

Just remember when you are ignoring her, you are teaching her to live without you. ~ Unknown Author.

There would be fewer absent fathers if straight men were turned on only by women with whom they would not mind having children. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana.

I didn’t have a father growing up, and I was raised with all women, and I didn’t really understand men. I thought they were like women, right? ~ Rene Russo.

No, I will not beg or bribe anyone to be involved in my children’s lives. If you don’t come around, it sucks to be you. ~ Unknown Author.

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Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad. ~ Unknown Author.

What I learned most from my father wasn’t anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. ~ Jeff Bridges.

The world changes from year to year, our lives from day to day, but the love and memory of you, shall never pass away. ~ Unknown Author.

Emotional Absent Father Quotes

Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models. And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male. ~ Geoffrey Canada.

Dear absent father from the mother of a daddyless daughter, I just want to say – thank you and you are welcome! ~ Unknown Author.

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It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~ William Shakespeare.

One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that role model to teach you how to do things. ~ Art Alexakis.

Your child feels let down and loses hope in you when you leave them. ~ Unknown Author.

Growing up, I didn’t know about families who were missing a father, because there weren’t any in our neighborhood. Today over a third of American children are born into single-parent homes. Is this all men’s doing? ~ Timothy J. Russert.

Whenever I am missing you, I also remember how fortunate I was that you were in my life. I wouldn’t trade those moments for the world. ~ Cindy Adkins.

Father’s Day is so hard for me. ~ Unknown Author.

Fathers, take note! Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection. Don’t be an absent father! ~ Unknown Author.

I decided to put as much effort into contacting you as you do with me – that’s why we don’t talk anymore. ~ Unknown Author.

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Death ends a life, not a relationship. ~ Mitch Albom.

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. ~ Barbara Johnson

You have to raise your kids, then you can be a real father. ~ Unknown Author.

Profound Absent Father Quotes

The Absent Father is a father who is not around. This could mean that he is never home, or that he is there but just not very involved in his child's life.

An analogy to help explain this might be if one's school teacher was always absent. The child would probably feel confused and like they were missing out on something.

Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten. ~ Conrad Hall.

Hey dad, I did it without you. ~ Unknown Author.

No matter how old you get. The hole in your heart created by your father’s absence still aches. Especially on Father’s day. ~ Unknown Author.

My father being mostly absent on duty, my mother suffered me to do as much as I pleased. ~ John James Audubon.

My dad broke my heart way before any boy had the chance to. ~ Unknown Author.

A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. ~ Maya Angelou.

Only 20% of fathers who don’t live in the same house as their children are ‘actively’ involved. ~ Unknown Author.

If a man cannot be a father to his own child, there is nothing worse than that. ~ Unknown Author.

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My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do: be there. ~ Max Lucado.

The last thing my father told me was, ‘On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don’t let me down.’ I take it very seriously. ~ Ziggy Marley.

If she could put the hollow ache that haunts her into words, she would tell him, ‘I miss the father you never were.’ ~ John Mark Green

My parents were divorced and I didn’t grow up with my father, but I spent a lot of time around him, and his influence on me has been profound. ~ Laura Linney.

Best Absent Father Quotes

More than 72% of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. ~ Don Lemon.

He didn’t want to be an absentee father. He didn’t want to be like his own father, who thought being a provider was his only obligation to his family. ~ Maya Banks.

If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don’t ever die. ~ Leo Buscaglia.

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An absent father needs to realize his child’s needs before it is too late. ~ Unknown Author.

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~ Unknown Author.

Some kids are able to become independent without the presence of their father. ~ Unknown Author.

There’s nothing worse than a man that can be everything to everybody else – except a father to their own child. ~ Unknown Author.

A bad father never has a good son. ~ Latin Proverb.

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way. ~ Unknown Author.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. ~ Unknown Author.

You know, if fathers just did what they’re supposed to do, half of the junk that we face in the streets wouldn’t exist. ~ Nathan Hayes.

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Your child feels let down and lose hope in you when you leave them. ~ Unknown Author.

Daddy’s in the army, there’s a war in Vietnam. Mama kept us going with her sewing and a prayer. It’s hard to be a family when your daddy’s missing. ~ Crowell Church.

Sad Absent Father Quotes

The hardest thing you’ll ever do is comfort a crying child when their other parent doesn’t come to see them. ~ Unknown Author.

My dad was a good man but an emotionally absent father, and so I had to look for that male attention somewhere else and found it in a brother-in-law. He just happened to be an alcoholic. ~ Jim Hamilton.

Don’t forgive him. Forgive yourself for believing there is something lacking in you because he wasn’t there. ~ Iyanla Vanzant.

A daughter needs her father more than anything else in the world. ~ Unknown Author.

There should be an anti father’s day. A bad dad’s day. That way I could truly say, ‘You are the best.’ ~ Unknown Author.

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As old as she was. She still missed her daddy sometimes. ~ Unknown Author.

Having kids doesn’t make you a father. Raising them does. ~ Unknown Author.

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano.

There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child. ~ Jennifer Williamson.

I remember when I was the twinkle in my daddy’s eyes. Then he left one day without saying goodbye. ~ Unknown Author.

My father was an atheist, absent. He was a salesman; I was four years old when he told me that the end of life was death. ~ Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Deep Absent Father Quotes

Real dads support their children without the law the telling them they have to! ~ Unknown Author.

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Do not blame your own problem on your children. ~ Unknown Author.

I grew up without a father, and my mother grew up without a father and her mother grew up without a father. So we have this long heritage of growing up without fathers. ~ Gloria Gaynor.

There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart. ~ Gandhi.

Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as a dad. ~ John Mark Green.

If there’s no relationship with a father who’s absent, nobody talks about it. ~ Charles B. Rangel.

Fathers, you are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link. ~ Anita R. Sneed-Carter.

We know that children who grow up with absent fathers can suffer lasting damage. They are more likely to end up in poverty or drop out of school, become addicted to drugs, have a child out of wedlock, or end up in prison. Fatherlessness is not the only cause of these things, but our nation must recognize it is an important factor. ~ George W. Bush.

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It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. ~ Anne Sexton.

When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching. ~ Robert Bly.

A child will always want his or her father to be around. ~ Unknown Author.

The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as a physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter’s lives the relationship becomes a permanent maybe. ~ Victoria Secunda.

A father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all. ~ Washington Irving.

Heart-Touching Absent Father Quotes

Father plays a crucial role in the upbringing of a child in the society. ~ Unknown Author.

Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero. ~ Unknown Author.

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. ~ Sigmund Freud.

My father was absent and he was a hero to me. ~ Greta Scacchi.

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To her, the name of father was another name for love. ~ Fanny Fern.

When you grew up with an absent father, you grew up dreaming and wanting. But most of all, you grew up way too fast. ~ Unknown Author.

Someday you’ll cry for me like I cried for you. Someday you’ll miss me like I missed you. Someday you’ll need me like I needed you. Someday you’ll love me but I won’t love you. ~ Unknown Author.

A father should know his responsibilities to his child. ~ Unknown Author.

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~ Clarence Budington Kelland.


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