August 2018 | Lanae Davis, M.P.A. Jessica Pearson, Ph.D. Nancy Thoennes, Ph.D. Center for Policy Research

Building Assets for Fathers and Families (BAFF) in Tennessee

Tennessee was one of seven states that received a grant from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement aimed at improving the economic stability of low‐income families in the child support system by engaging noncustodial parents (NCPs) in financial education, savings activity, and asset‐building activities. As a result of their participation in the activities offered by the Tennessee program, NCPs reported making significant positive changes in their financial behavior, although most continue to struggle financially.  NCPs who participated in the BAFF program also increased their child support payments significantly.

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