ERIC Number: ED486694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Backing Away from Parental Responsibility: Child Support Budget Cuts Will Unravel a Decade of Progress
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
When parents live apart, the combination of the mother's earnings (contributed directly to the household) and the father's earnings (paid through child support) help support children. The child support program is the first line of defense against poverty and public assistance costs. It is unique among other children's programs because the benefit to children is paid by their non-custodial parents, not the public. It is a cost-effective, successful government program that helps millions of working single parent families. The child support program works in large part because program funding has increased at both federal and state levels. However, state investment has increased more rapidly than federal funding. In the decade since 1994, states and counties have increased their state only dollars in the program by 140 percent, while the federal government increased its funding by 48 percent. The child support program helps families become self-sufficient, promotes parental responsibility, keeps fathers connected to their children, and avoids federal public assistance costs--consistent with bipartisan values often expressed in Congress.
Descriptors: Children, Financial Support, Law Enforcement, Federal Government, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, State Programs, State Aid, Program Effectiveness, Fees
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC.