August 2015 | Lauren A. Hall, Letitia Logan Passarella; University of Maryland School of Social Work

Welfare Recidivism in Maryland: The Importance of Child Support

This report examines the relationship between child support receipt in Maryland and returns to the Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) program, Maryland’s name for the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.  The report answers the following key questions:  1) What percent of women return to public assistance within three years, and what are their demographic and case characteristics? 2) What are the employment and earnings experiences of women after exit? 3) What are TCA leavers’ connections to the public child support system, and how do these connections affect returns to welfare? 4) How does the combination of child support receipt and wages from employment affect returns to welfare?

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