Improving Engagement in the Role of Father for Homeless, Noncustodial Fathers: A Program Evaluation

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Journal Name
Journal of Poverty
Journal Volume
15
Journal Issue
2
Page Count
20
Year Published
2011
Author (Individual)
Ferguson, S. and Morley, P.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English

Homeless, noncustodial fathers who struggle to maintain housing also struggle to occupy the role of father. This article presents a review and evaluation of a program for homeless noncustodial fathers that provides housing and encourages their occupancy to the role of parent. The program posits that engagement with children in the role of father cannot be achieved without stable housing and the men's establishment of paternity, sense of competence in parenting, social support, and therapeutic counseling. The findings identified through a focus group with homeless noncustodial fathers support these concepts of engagement to fatherhood.

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