ERIC Number: ED389398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Minnesota's Child Support System Fails To Meet Children's Needs.
Minnesota Kids Count, Spr 1993
This newsletter issue provides an evaluation of child support systems and services of the 87 counties in Minnesota. No county in the state collects enough to support children, child support is often late or not paid in full, children whose parents never married are especially dependent on the child support systems, and child support services vary according to each county. In reality, costs of raising a child far exceed the collected amount of support. Given these circumstances, getting adequate support involves five critical steps: (1) locating the absent parent; (2) establishing paternity; (3) establishing an adequate amount of child support; (4) enforcing the child support order; and (5) reviewing and modifying outdated orders. The newsletter presents six suggestions for improving the child support system, including centralizing functions and simplifying guidelines. Five measures of child support enforcement for evaluating the effectiveness of county enforcement are provided: support ordered, monthly amount ordered, monthly amount collected, timely payments, and unmarried fathers determined. A table of child support in September 1992, by county, lists each county's cases and rank by the five measures, and includes related information. (AP)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Kids Count Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Identifiers: Child Support Enforcement Services; Minnesota