ERIC Number: ED308447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
State Budget Implications: Child Support Enforcement.
Loyacono, Laura L.; Smith, Shelley
This document outlines the basic federal, state, and local financing structure for child support programs. The main components of program financing are discussed, including: (1) the federal government currently pays 68 percent of state and local costs of program administration and rewards states and localities based on their collections and cost effectiveness; (2) child support enforcement can increase state revenues by offsetting welfare costs since child support can remove children from poverty and reduce Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) growth rates and parent's health insurance can save Medicaid funds; and (3) federal incentive money and the state share of collections on behalf of AFDC recipients can be used as the state chooses. Highlighted are creative state initiatives that incorporate performance-based models into the administration and financing of state programs for child support enforcement. Known enforcement tools and management techniques which can increase effectiveness and efficiency are discussed, including placing greater emphasis on the establishment of paternity, assuring adequate levels of child support through review and modification of child support orders, and providing automatic income withholding from an absent parent's paycheck. Case studies provide examples of successful state initiatives. The report concludes that child support is no longer solely considered to be a "welfare" program; it is a socially beneficial program that can be implemented at minimal state cost. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Support Enforcement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.