Out of the shadows: birthfathers' stories

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O.J. Howard Pub., 1995 - Family & Relationships - 270 pages
Society calls them deadbeat dads. Their children, 2 out of 5 in America, are at risk because they are growing up fatherless. Until now, no book has examined the sub-culture of 6 million men who are not parenting their children. OUT OF THE SHADOWS: BIRTHFATHERS' STORIES presents personal narratives & photographs of birthfathers. This illuminating book dissolves myths about missing fathers. Readers will learn why a birthfather is passive about an unplanned pregnancy & its outcome. When the outcome removes him from his child, he is profoundly affected. Merle, caught in a custody battle with the mother of his son, says, "A lot of people wouldn't call it death, but it feels like he's dead cause I can't get to him." Included are a cross section of professional & blue-collar workers, successful & homeless, young & middle-aged. Despite their differences, the common voice is one of a father whose child may never call him "Dad." OUT OF THE SHADOWS: BIRTHFATHERS' STORIES will touch anyone who missed knowing their father, any father who missed knowing his child & all who wish to understand why a father matters in a child's life. To order contact: O.J. Howard Publishing, 4012 Lynn Avenue, Edina, MN 55416. Phone: (612) 922- 1136.

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