This paper describes an exploratory study of 17 custodial and 18 noncustodial fathers that addressed how fathers get custody, how situations where fathers get custody differ from those where they do not, and how satisfactory father placements are. Data suggest that the father may not be a very good placement resource for his maltreated child because he, like the child's mother, has not escaped many of the syndromes or behaviors that are often associated with maltreatment. In addition, the relative suitability of father placements versus formal foster care placements cannot be determined because sufficient information to compare them is not available. 26 references and 2 tables. (Author abstract modified)
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