ERIC Number: ED450163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Families: Multiplying Problems. A First Look at the Fathers of Homeless Children.
Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
To study the role of fathers in the lives of homeless children, a survey was conducted of homeless families in shelters in New York City, capturing profiles of nearly 300 men. The typical father was aged 35, a high school graduate, and not married. The majority spent no time with their homeless children and provided little or no support. In all, two of three fathers provided no financial support, and half of all employed fathers provided no financial support. Over one-third had been violent toward their children or partners, nearly half had spent time in jail, and one of three had a history of substance abuse. Roughly half of these fathers had children with multiple women. Younger men were more likely to be in contact with the mother of their children and were more likely to provide financial support to the family. Forcing fathers back into families may not be the answer to the problems of homeless children. Instead, policymakers must look for nontraditional ways to strengthen nontraditional families. Findings also suggest that intervention may be most successful with younger men. (SLD)
Descriptors: Family Structure, Fathers, Financial Support, Homeless People, Parent Child Relationship, Urban Youth
Homes for the Homeless and Institute for Children and Poverty, 36 Cooper Square, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003. Web site: http://www.HomesfortheHomeless.com.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Homes for the Homeless, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)