ERIC Number: ED417015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Proposed Parenting Plan for Never Married Parents.
Manville, David L.
This paper proposes the establishment of legally oriented parent education programs for never married parents. The paper describes a multifaceted program designed to provide information to never married parents on the legal system, personal and parental responsibility and its associated impact on children. Co-parenting issues, resolving conflicts between parents and between parents and child are also discussed. Such programs for unmarried parents could help to prevent the problems associated with this population, such as increased risk of juvenile delinquency and emotional or behavioral problems. The report also describes recent Michigan legislation recognizing the importance of unwed fathers' involvement in their children's lives beyond paying child support. Legislation supports visitations by the father in order to promote a strong relationship with their children. The court procedures related to paternity cases and the Paternity Visitation Program are described, as are recommendations for similar programs, such as conducting an overview of court procedures and disseminating general information regarding the dynamics of never married parents, child development, and the impact of parents on their children. Finally, the paper describes characteristics of these proposed programs, including their frequency, number and characteristics of facilitators, material presented, location, program funding, certification, and evaluation procedures. (Contains 25 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan