ERIC Number: ED441045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Realistic Child Support Policies for Low Income Fathers. Kellogg Devolution Initiative Paper.
The mission of the child support program is undergoing a basic shift from welfare cost recovery to helping parents support their children. However, the child support program's reimbursement policies have interfered with states' ability to implement policies to bolster family support. As states assess their capacity to improve their services to low-income parents, there are a number of policies they can consider. These policies include: (1) paying all child support to families on welfare; (2) setting realistic orders for poor fathers; (3) developing arrearage management policies; and (4) implementing case management strategies. By implementing realistic and flexible practices that encourage, rather than inhibit, the payment of regular child support by low-income fathers, child support programs can help low-income families more effectively in sustaining employment, improving family relationships, and supporting the involvement of both parents in their children's lives. (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Support, Fathers, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Public Policy, State Programs, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.