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Office of Child Support Enforcement: Most Arrears Owed by Parents with ‘Little or No Income’

April 16, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The Office of Child Support Enforcement has come out with its latest information about child support entitled “The Story Behind the Numbers: Major Change in Who is Owed Child Support Arrears.” While there’s some good news, sadly, the bad news remains much the same. And even the good news may obscure facts that many would regard as discouraging. Here’s the report (ACF, March, 2014).

The gist of the piece looks to be good news. Basically, the level of child support arrears going to the federal government is down. As we know, when a mother receives benefits under the Temporary Aid to Needy Families (or its predecessor, Aid to Families with Dependent Children), whatever child support she receives from Dad goes first, not to the child, but to reimburse the federal government.

 

Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Panel, Part 2: Ignoring Fathers, Countenancing Secrecy

April 14, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

In my previous piece on the Blue Ribbon Commission’s report on the hapless state of child protective efforts in Los Angeles County, I neglected one important shortcoming of a system that has too many to count.

The more than 50% of foster youth who are placed with relatives have greater safety and stability. Yet, due to an inequitable funding system, their caregivers generally receive far less financial support and gain access to fewer services than non-relative caregivers. Financial support currently is determined by the child’s type of placement rather than by his or her needs.

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