Nonresidential Never-Married Fathers : Policy Advocacy Opportunities.

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Journal Name
Professional development
Journal Volume
4 ; 5
Page Count
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Stone, Glenn.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
The issues related to divorced fathers and their children have received considerable attention in the research literature. We have grown in our understanding of how to improve the post-divorce relationship between father, child, and mother. However, much less attention has been paid to the issues faced by non-residential never-married fathers and their children. This is unfortunate, for the rate of children born into never-married relationships is on the rise. It is the purpose of this paper to provide a clearer picture of the issues faced by these fathers. In addition, this paper will explore micro and macro practice suggestions that could prove useful in maintaining a positive relationship between the nonresidential never-married father and his child, and the child's mother. Furthermore, the information provided in this paper could serve as a valuable aid in the professional development of social work practitioners, who need information on how to best serve these fathers.

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