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The lead article for this special issue draws attention to the dangers facing fatherhood in the United States today. Several groups of fathers are identified whose parenting roles could be at-risk. They include fathers who are no longer in their children's lives, are functioning in underutilized ways, and/or are struggling with limited preparedness. At-risk fathers comprise several types of residential and nonresidential fathers identified in this article. Residential fathers could include lower income fathers without adequate employment, single custodial dads, and fathers with special needs children. Nonresidential fathers could include lower income fathers without adequate employment, single custodial dads, and fathers with special needs children. Nonresidential fathers whose parenting could be at-risk include non-custodial fathers whom are divorced, teen dads, and unmarried adults. The article highlights the problems that these fathers could be facing, and some of the ways that they can be effectively helped. A special approach is called for that builds on their strengths, is culturally sensitive, considers many system levels of intervention, and promotes a broad base of support for fatherhood. (Author abstract).
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