Parenting with a Plan: How TANF Can Support Positive Parenting Relationships and Foster Father Involvement.

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Moses, Joy.
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This report discusses the difficulties faced by low-income parents following the break-up of a marriage, the establishment of the federal Access and Visitation program in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) legislation to address visitation issues following a divorce, and recommended reforms to the program. Suggested reforms include increasing available funding, dedicating funding to legal services providers, targeting resources, increasing community-based institution involvement. Information is provided on the millions of children living with a single parent, the benefits of father involvement, barriers low-income single parents face in the court system, the success of alternative dispute resolution methods for family law cases, and the need for overhaul the Access and Visitation program and expand services. 48 references.

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