ERIC Number: ED307535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Teen-Age Parents and Child Support: Creating Family Ties.
Bustos, Patrick D.
State Legislative Report, v13 n19 Jun 1988
This report examines the special problems associated with establishing paternity and collecting child support from teenage parents. The report reviews public policy options for legislators and is divided into three major sections: estabilishing paternity, child support enforcement, and state legislative policy and program responses. It notes that an examination of state legislation revealed that many states have paternity establishment and child support enforcement laws and programs, but very few have targeted efforts to the special needs and problems of the teenage population, resulting in few teenage mothers collecting child support, with most relying instead on Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The report concludes that state legislators are in a position to remedy this by promoting laws and programs that will encourage paternity establishment, enforce support orders, and make young absent parents more financially capable and responsible. The report includes tables showing AFDC/foster care assistance payments recovered through child support collections and nonmarital births to women under age 20 as a percentage of all births to women under age 20. References are included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.