The Forgotten Parent: Understanding the Forces that Influence Incarcerated Fathers' Relationships with Their Children.

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Child Welfare
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Author (Individual)
Hairston, C. F.
Resource Type
Journal Article
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This article examines how incarcerated fathers who try to maintain relationships with their children face obstacles that differ from those of other fathers separated from their children. Correctional policies and regulations that present challenges to incarcerated fathers are discussed, including issues of visitation and child support. Child welfare practices frequently neglect incarcerated fathers, and four strategies for change are offered: (1) establishing national standards covering parents in prison and their children; (2) model child welfare policies and regulations; (3) a national research agenda; and (4) public policies and service programs. 11 references.

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