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Child well-being and noncustodial fathers

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 13:03
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Solomon-Fears, Carmen
Falk, Gene
Fernandes-Alcantara, Adrienne L.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
CRS Report for Congress
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This report displays and discusses some of the data related to the poverty of children and their living arrangements and data on male employment and earnings, educational attainment, and incarceration. It then provides information on federal programs that could play a greater role in addressing poverty of children through the fathers of these children (nearly all noncustodial parents are fathers). These programs provide economic assistance, family support, and job training and employment to eligible participants. The report also examines federal programs that have the purposes of preventing teen pregnancy and helping disadvantaged youth obtain the skills and support they need to make the transition to adulthood. The underlying premise of these programs generally is that the aid or services received from these programs by low-income noncustodial fathers can help them in meeting their financial commitments to their children (or future children) and providing emotional support to their children. The report concludes by presenting several public policy approaches proposed by the policy community that might improve the lives of low-income noncustodial fathers and their children. For example, social policy could play a role by expanding economic assistance programs to noncustodial fathers, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and implementing strategies to prevent the build-up of unpaid child support through early intervention. (author abstract)

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 I was unable to find a "public url" for this resource. I did notice that in the same article from 2011, the public URL linked directly to the PDF. After some searching, I just linked to the PDF as well. The only other site available was a private site, and didn't want to link to someones blog! Thanks. NA

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