Perspectives of a Reform Commission : Ensuring the Role of Fathers in Their Children's Lives.

Journal Name
Professional development
Journal Volume
4 ; 5
Journal Issue
Page Count
Year Published
Author (Individual)
Clark, Kathleen A.
Leite, Randall W.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
In 1998, the 122nd General Assembly of the State of Ohio created the Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children (Task Force). The General Assembly had concluded that the parent-child relationship is of fundamental importance to the welfare of a child, and that the relationship between a child and each parent should be fostered unless inconsistent with the child's best interest. The Task Force was instructed to make recommendations on how to create a more civilized and constructive parenting process for children whose parents do not reside together. Qualitative and quantitative data regarding the impact of separation and divorce upon childhood development was obtained through six months of testimony from locally and nationally recognized experts and through reviews of the latest research findings. This article synthesizes the data concerning the importance of the father-child relationship, and delineates the role of social workers in a task force.

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