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ERIC Number: ED453312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Poor Dads Who Don't Pay Child Support: Deadbeats or Disadvantaged? New Federalism: National Survey of America's Families, Series B, No. B-30. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Sorensen, Elaine; Zibman, Chava
This brief uses 1997 National Survey of America's Families data to examine characteristics of poor, nonresident fathers who do not pay child support. Overall, poor fathers resemble poor mothers in educational levels and barriers to employment. Of the 2.5 million poor, nonresident fathers who do not pay child support, the two largest groups are black and white, with Hispanic fathers accounting for 14 percent of nonpaying fathers. Fathers and mothers differ substantially in terms of living in institutions. Poor fathers receive less means-tested assistance than poor mothers and participate less in job search or education/training activities. In 1996, the average family incomes for both groups averaged only about 50 percent of the federal poverty level. The largest source of income for both groups is personal earnings. Government anti-poverty programs are still targeted primarily toward poor mothers, with poor, nonresident fathers having only limited access. Food stamps are time limited for these fathers, Medicaid does not reach out to them, and they are not eligible for the child-qualifying Earned Income Tax Credit or for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance. (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; 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.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Also funded by the Stuart Foundation.