September 2014 | Carmen Solomon-Fears, Gene Falk, and Adrienne L. Fernandes-Alcantara, Congressional Research Service

Child Wellbeing and Non-custodial Fathers

This report discusses some of the data related to the poverty of children, and recognizes that the structure of a family plays an important role in children’s well-being. According to some estimates, about 50% of children (who are currently under age 18) will spend or have spent a significant portion of their childhood in a home without their biological father. Current federal programs have not fully addressed the unique needs and circumstances of fathers, particularly those who do not have custody of their children. This report examines policy options to help non-custodial fathers improve their earning potential, support their children, and become more involved in their children’s lives.

Child Wellbeing and Non-custodial Fathers.pdf

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