January 2016 | Jacquelyn Boggess, Center for Family Policy and Practice; Ann Price, Insight Center for Economic Development; Nina Rodriguez, Center for Family Policy and Practice.

What We Want to Give Our Kids: How Child Support Debt Can Diminish Wealth Building for Struggling Black Fathers and Their Families

This is a link to a study of black fathers and their child support debt using focus groups of 35 black fathers in 6 U.S. cities.  It describes how child support debt prevents poor noncustodial parents, who are often struggling black fathers, from becoming financially stable and accumulating assets.  This child support debt often contributes to widening racial disparities in wealth and inequalities across generations.  The study concludes there is a need for swift policy change and redesign of the child support system, and provides recommendations in these areas.



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