December 2016 | Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services

The Story Behind the Numbers: Focused on Performance

This paper describes the dramatic improvements in performance that the child support program has made since the enactment of its federally mandated performance system in 1998. The growth in child support collections is reviewed, highlighting three factors that influence collections: (1) program investments; (2) employment and earnings of parents who owe child support; and (3) caseload size. The sources of child support collections and how they have changed over time are also discussed.



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