The Obama administration has awarded $119.4 million to 120 organizations that help promote strong fathers and marriages, the Administration for Children and Families announced Monday.
The pro-family initiative was launched by the Bush administration and has been continued by President Obama.
According to the AFC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, one out of three children live without their father. Among African Americans, the statistic jumps to two out of three.
"A strong and stable family is the greatest advantage any child can have," George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families, said.
"These grants support programs that promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability," he said.
Recipients of the grants include school districts, faith-based groups, and non-profit organizations.
White House officials say the president is passionate about the issue since he grew up without really knowing his father.