ERIC Number: ED373270
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Matching Opportunities to Obligations: Lessons for Child Support Reform from the Parents' Fair Share Pilot Phase.
Bloom, Dan; Sherwood, Kay
The Parents' Fair Share Demonstration (PFS) was created to boost the incomes of poor noncustodial parents (most of them fathers) so as to increase child support payments and decrease the number of welfare recipients. This report gives the results of a nine-site pilot program, which operated from early 1992 through 1993. The program addressed two fundamental questions: (1) Would the child support enforcement and job training systems be able to work together and implement this complex and innovative program? and (2) Would the noncustodial parent actively participate in light of their hostility to a child support enforcement system? While many sites experienced operational difficulties, especially a lack of on-the-job training positions, the programs enrolled more than 4,000 noncustodial parents. Two-thirds of them participated in program activities, with most of the others having found jobs on their own or having been referred back to the courts for further enforcement. The heart of the program centered on the peer support sessions, with sometimes dramatic positive changes in attitudes and behavior being reported by both participants and staff. Parents in the program defied stereotypes of apathy while officials in the child support enforcement system became enthusiastic advocates of the program's potential. (RJM)
Descriptors: Child Support, Father Attitudes, Job Placement, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Peer Counseling, Peer Influence, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Services
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, Three Park Ave., New York, NY 10016.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northwest Area Foundation, St. Paul, MN.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; AT&T Foundation, New York, NY.; Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.