Re-Uniting Low-Income African American Fathers with Their Children: A Transdisciplinary Model to Address the Legal Conundrums Embedded in the Social Challenges.

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Journal Name
Race, Gender & Class
Journal Volume
14
Journal Issue
1/2
Page Count
18
Year Published
2007
Author (Individual)
Mitchell, Jacquelyn.
Lynch, Rufus Sylvester.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
Stimulated by national policy and funding, attention to the issue of fatherhood is increasing. Fatherhood programs often focus on constructions of "responsibility" that mandate absent fathers to emotionally and/or financially support their children. However, the multifaceted legal conundrums embedded in the social barriers to "responsible" fatherhood that are faced by fragile and marginalized non-custodial fathers are rarely comprehensively addressed. These forensic barriers extend beyond criminal justice system issues, to consumer, traffic, housing and other issues that plague fragile populations. This article advances a transdisciplinary fatherhood programming model that emerged from monitoring data during implementation of a "responsibility"-based design. The original design was expanded to more effectively address imbedded legally-related impediments to re-uniting non-custodial fathers with their children. Practice, policy, and programming implications are explored. (Author abstract)

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