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  • Individual Author: Passarella, Letitia Logan; Born, Catherine E.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2014

    This report provides a profile of payment compliance among noncustodial parents (NCPs) with cases in Baltimore City. One-third of these NCPs paid over 75% of their current support obligation; on the other hand, over one-third paid nothing during the one-year study period. Similar to the statewide findings, NCPs who paid the least also earned the least and were expected to pay more than 50% of their earnings toward their current support. Most NCPs with a case in Baltimore City, paid between 15% and 30% of their earnings toward their current support obligation. (author abstract) 

    This report provides a profile of payment compliance among noncustodial parents (NCPs) with cases in Baltimore City. One-third of these NCPs paid over 75% of their current support obligation; on the other hand, over one-third paid nothing during the one-year study period. Similar to the statewide findings, NCPs who paid the least also earned the least and were expected to pay more than 50% of their earnings toward their current support. Most NCPs with a case in Baltimore City, paid between 15% and 30% of their earnings toward their current support obligation. (author abstract) 

  • Individual Author: Born, Catherine; Kolupanowich, Nicholas; Ovwigho, Pamela
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2010

    This report, part of our Life after Welfare series, fills in some gaps in our knowledge about full family sanctions. Using a wealth of administrative data, including up to nine years of follow up data on employment and earnings, we present information on the characteristics and outcomes of 15,259 families that exited Maryland’s welfare rolls between April 1998 and March 2008. We compare the characteristics and outcomes of those whose cases were closed because of a full family sanction for non-compliance with work (n = 2,770) to those who exited for other reasons (n = 12,094). We also present data separately for families whose cases closed because of a full-family sanction for non-cooperation with child support (n = 395). Our research findings are briefly summarized in the following bullets:

    • Demographics
    • Core Caseload Designation
    • SSI Applications
    • TANF History
    • Employment History
    • Employment Outcomes
    • TANF Recidivism
    • Combined TANF & Employment Outcomes
    • Child Support Outcomes
    • Other Work...

    This report, part of our Life after Welfare series, fills in some gaps in our knowledge about full family sanctions. Using a wealth of administrative data, including up to nine years of follow up data on employment and earnings, we present information on the characteristics and outcomes of 15,259 families that exited Maryland’s welfare rolls between April 1998 and March 2008. We compare the characteristics and outcomes of those whose cases were closed because of a full family sanction for non-compliance with work (n = 2,770) to those who exited for other reasons (n = 12,094). We also present data separately for families whose cases closed because of a full-family sanction for non-cooperation with child support (n = 395). Our research findings are briefly summarized in the following bullets:

    • Demographics
    • Core Caseload Designation
    • SSI Applications
    • TANF History
    • Employment History
    • Employment Outcomes
    • TANF Recidivism
    • Combined TANF & Employment Outcomes
    • Child Support Outcomes
    • Other Work Supports

    (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Martinson, Karin; Nightingale, Demetra Smith; Holcomb, Pamela A.; Barnow, Burt S.; Trutko, John
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2007

    The goal of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstrations, funded jointly by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and the Ford Foundation, was to make lasting changes in the way public agencies and community organizations work with young unmarried parents to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for children and parents.  To assess progress towards meeting this goal, OCSE and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) conducted a five-year, national evaluation of the demonstration projects that operated in nine States.  Each project was a partnership of non-profit organizations and state and local agencies to develop comprehensive services for young, low-income, non-custodial fathers and their families and children.  The PFF demonstrations were designed to help fragile families (young unwed parents and their children) by helping fathers learn to share the legal, financial, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood with their child's mother.  The PFF projects tested new ways for state-run child support...

    The goal of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstrations, funded jointly by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and the Ford Foundation, was to make lasting changes in the way public agencies and community organizations work with young unmarried parents to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes for children and parents.  To assess progress towards meeting this goal, OCSE and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) conducted a five-year, national evaluation of the demonstration projects that operated in nine States.  Each project was a partnership of non-profit organizations and state and local agencies to develop comprehensive services for young, low-income, non-custodial fathers and their families and children.  The PFF demonstrations were designed to help fragile families (young unwed parents and their children) by helping fathers learn to share the legal, financial, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood with their child's mother.  The PFF projects tested new ways for state-run child support enforcement programs and community-based organizations to work together to help young fathers obtain employment, make child support payments, and learn parenting skills; as well as to help parents build stronger partnerships.

    This report focuses on the characteristics of PFF participants and participants' employment, earnings, and child support patterns prior and subsequent to their enrollment in the program.  Quarterly wage data from state unemployment compensation records were used to assess employment outcomes.  State child support data on child support awards and payments were used to assess changes in participants' child support behaviors. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Martinson, Karin; Trutko, John; Nightingale, Demetra Smith; Holcomb, Pamela A.; Barnow, Burt S.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 2007

    This report describes the design and implementation of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstration projects. Operating in 13 sites across the country, PFF provided a range of services aimed at increasing the capacity of young, economically disadvantaged fathers in becoming financial and emotional resources to their children and sought to reduce poverty and welfare dependence. The report examines the programs’ structure and institutional partnerships; participant characteristics; recruitment and enrollment efforts; the nature of employment, peer support, parenting, and child support-related services provided through the initiatives; and implementation challenges and lessons. (author abstract)

    This report describes the design and implementation of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstration projects. Operating in 13 sites across the country, PFF provided a range of services aimed at increasing the capacity of young, economically disadvantaged fathers in becoming financial and emotional resources to their children and sought to reduce poverty and welfare dependence. The report examines the programs’ structure and institutional partnerships; participant characteristics; recruitment and enrollment efforts; the nature of employment, peer support, parenting, and child support-related services provided through the initiatives; and implementation challenges and lessons. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Ash, Daniel O.
    Reference Type: Report
    Year: 1997

    Face to Face represents CFFPP’s attempt to document the experiences of low-income, never-married fathers who have children receiving public assistance, and are required to establish paternity and pay child support. To do this, CFFPP interviewed 71 fathers either in focus groups or individually. Each father was asked to describe his relationship with his children, his experience with the child support enforcement system, and, if legal paternity had not been established, why he had avoided it. In addition to the focus groups and individual interviews, CFFPP conducted a case study of one never-married father who voluntarily sought to establish
    paternity and secure support and visitation orders. It is CFFPP’s goal that this report inform policy makers, practitioners and advocates who are seeking to develop more effective strategies on how to get low-income fathers to establish paternity and work within the formal child support system. Moreover, this report, given its qualitative nature, puts a face to the often abstract portrait of never-married fathers; a portrait...

    Face to Face represents CFFPP’s attempt to document the experiences of low-income, never-married fathers who have children receiving public assistance, and are required to establish paternity and pay child support. To do this, CFFPP interviewed 71 fathers either in focus groups or individually. Each father was asked to describe his relationship with his children, his experience with the child support enforcement system, and, if legal paternity had not been established, why he had avoided it. In addition to the focus groups and individual interviews, CFFPP conducted a case study of one never-married father who voluntarily sought to establish
    paternity and secure support and visitation orders. It is CFFPP’s goal that this report inform policy makers, practitioners and advocates who are seeking to develop more effective strategies on how to get low-income fathers to establish paternity and work within the formal child support system. Moreover, this report, given its qualitative nature, puts a face to the often abstract portrait of never-married fathers; a portrait that blurs their image with “deadbeats” (fathers who can but choose not to pay child support). (author abstract)

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