March 2017 | Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services

The Story Behind the Numbers: The Child Support Program is a Good Investment

This paper takes a closer look at trends in child support program data and other data that affects the program.  This paper explains why the child support program is a good investment. FY 2015 set a new record for achieving child support program results. In FY 1977, shortly after the program began, the child support program served less than 1 million cases and collected less than $1 billion. In FY 2015, nearly 40 years later, the child support program served nearly 16 million children and collected $28.6 billion in cases receiving child support services.


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