ERIC Number: ED440204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Child Support Offers Some Protection against Poverty. New Federalism: National Survey of America's Families, Series B, No. B-10. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Sorensen, Elaine; Zibman, Chava
This brief relies on data from the National Survey of America's Families, a survey of 44,461 households, to examine the extent to which children receive money from and spend time with their nonresident parents. Part of the Assessing the New Federalism project, the brief also examines how much child support contributes to family income, whether child support reduces child poverty and income inequality, and whether additional child support enforcement efforts would really increase child support receipt among poor children. Averaged across all children and their families, child support appears relatively unimportant, a mere 2% of family income. But child support is an important source of income for children who receive it, and it becomes even more important when the child is poor. Child support lifts about half a million children out of poverty each year, reducing poverty among these children by 5%. Child support receipt varies by state, but child support enforcement has a long way to go regardless of the state considered. Increasing child support enforcement will be challenging, and it is difficult to estimate the impact on child well being of such efforts. (SLD)
Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037. Tel: 202-261-5687. For full text: http://newfederalism.urban.org/pdf/b10.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.