For researchers, practitioners, and fathers themselves, the challenges facing low-income fathers are interrelated. If fathers are unemployed or underemployed, it is much harder to pay child support and maintain necessary health insurance for themselves and their families. Also, many low-income fathers are incarcerated, which makes it extremely difficult to provide financial support for their families. Upon reentry, their criminal records have a negative impact on their ability to find and hold jobs which, in turn, makes it more difficult to connect or reconnect with their children. These interrelated problems often result in fathers being estranged or isolated from their families. The result is devastating for fathers who lose the opportunity to play a positive role in their families and even more devastating for their children who miss out on all the nurturing, caring, teaching, and guidance that fathers have to offer. (Author abstract)
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