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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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