Gaining Access to One's Children: An Evaluation of a Visitation Program for Noncustodial Parents.

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Journal Name
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services
Journal Volume
83
Journal Issue
2
Page Count
12
Year Published
2002
Author (Individual)
Fischer, R. L.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound
Children born out of wedlock often suffer due to infrequent and limited interaction with the noncustodial parent. To address this issue, programs have been developed at the federal and state level to improve the access of noncustodial parents (primarily fathers) to their natural children. This article describes an access and visitation program that facilitates the creation of agreements between noncustodial and custodial parents. Findings from a six month demonstration in two counties in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia are reported. In total, more than 100 noncustodial parents participated in the 22 month demonstration project beginning in June 1998. Services included referrals to legal services for legitimization and visitation orders. Of 106 cases, 66 achieved visitation within 3 to 6 months of case opening. Factors associated with greater likelihood of visitation included employment and consistent payment of child support, young children, and a history of contact between the noncustodial parent and the child. (Author abstract modified) 36 references, 11 tables.

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