Failing Our Fathers: Confronting the Crisis of Economically Vulnerable Nonresident Fathers

Hardcover | January 19, 2015

byRonald B. Mincy, Monique Jethwani, Serena Klempin

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Maligned as "deadbeat dads" or sexually and financially irresponsible inner-city fathers and overlooked in discussions of poverty and family policy, economically vulnerable nonresident fathers are a greatly misunderstood population. Failing Our Fathers summarizes the most recent quantitative and qualitative research, and undertakes new analyses to fill in important gaps, to produce a comprehensive picture of who these fathers are, what types of relationships they have with their families and children, and the challenges theyface meeting what their loved ones and taxpayers expect from them. The great majority of these men see their children on a regular basis, despite the financial, legal, and extra-legal barriers they face. Besides requiring fathers to support their children, we must enable them to do so bysupplementing their earnings and supporting their co-parenting, in ways that parallel how we require and enable vulnerable single mothers to support their children. The book lays out specific reforms required to achieve this goal as well as tips for those resources for economically vulnerablenonresident fathers.

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Maligned as "deadbeat dads" or sexually and financially irresponsible inner-city fathers and overlooked in discussions of poverty and family policy, economically vulnerable nonresident fathers are a greatly misunderstood population. Failing Our Fathers summarizes the most recent quantitative and qualitative research, and undertakes new...

Ronald B. Mincy, PhD, is the Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Director of the Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being (CRFCFW). He is also a co-principal investigator of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Moniq...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.3 × 0.79 inPublished:January 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199371148

ISBN - 13:9780199371143

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction1. Introduction2. Who are these Fathers?Part II: Nonresident Father Presence3. Nonresident Fathers in Active Parenting Roles4. Understanding Challenges to Active Parenting Roles5. Nonresident Fathers as Breadwinners6. Understanding Challenges to the Breadwinner Role: Limited Education7. Understanding Challenges to the Breadwinner Role: Limited Employment and FinancesPart III: Conclusion8. How Programs and Policies Can Help Nonresident Fathers Reach Their Goals9. Tips for Nonresident Fathers

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"The volume broadens our recognition and deepens our understanding of nonresident fatherhood by expanding the lens from which economic vulnerability is examined, the myriad of mechanisms and life course events that characterize their respective plights and struggles. The qualitative insightswill yield an enhanced discourse on their lives as fathers and life course experiences as parents." --Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., MSW, Social of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago