ERIC Number: ED440207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Obligating Dads: Helping Low-Income Noncustodial Fathers Do More for Their Children. Strengthening Families.
In 1996, only 30% of poor children who lived apart from their fathers received financial support. That year, welfare reform addressed this hard fact, stepping up efforts to collect child support. However, increased child support alone will not be enough. Further support, economic incentives, and revised child support policies are needed to enable low-income noncustodial fathers to take financial responsibility for their children. In addition to the opportunities implicit in the 1996 welfare reform law and the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, three other congressional initiatives taken together could give low-income noncustodial fathers a better shot at employment and financial responsibility for their children. One way is to establish a funding stream to pay for employment-related services to low-income noncustodial fathers. Another is to create incentives to pay child support, perhaps through an extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit to low-income noncustodial fathers who pay child support. A third approach is to revamp child support enforcement policies so that child support orders do not outstrip fathers' ability to pay. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Support, Children, Fathers, Financial Support, Incentives, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Urban Youth, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.