Promising Innovations and Pilots in the Child Support Field

Eleanor Pratt and Heather Hahn
December 2021

The design of the child support program fails parents who are willing but unable to pay support. Several states have implemented innovative programs designed to address this issue. Highlighted programs include the San Francisco Child Support Debt Relief Pilot, Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services – Texas Start Smart, Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) Evaluation, Colorado’s Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Support Service Two-Generation Approach, and the Families Forward Demonstration Grant. These programs were centered around several themes: realistic support orders for paying parents, consistent support payments for custodial parents, access to job services, and debt avoidance.