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The Unnecessary Tragedy of Fatherless Children

Welfare Reform's Opportunities for Reversing Public Policies That Drove Low-Income Fathers out of Their Children's Lives

By Margaret Stapleton

Recent welfare law changes offer opportunities for assisting low-income fathers in their efforts to escape poverty and reconnect with their children. After decades of neglect of and even hostility toward low-income fathers, adoption of public policies and programs that support fathers' efforts to be part of their children's lives would benefit parents, children, and society.

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