July 2016 | Paul Legler, Policy Studies, Inc. (PSI) and Vicki Turetsky (CLASP) 9/1/2015

More Child Support Dollars to Kids-Using New State Flexibility in Child Support Pass-Through

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) provides new state flexibility to pass through more child support dollars to children who currently receive or formerly received welfare. The federal government will pick up part of the cost if states exercise this new flexibility. These changes provide opportunities for states to devise new strategies to increase parental support for poor children and reduce poverty. In this policy brief, the authors discuss three reasons for states to consider these new opportunities. See also www.clasp.org.

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