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Tax Credits and Job-Oriented Programs Help Fathers Find Work and Pay Child Support

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Document date: March 21, 2013
Released online: March 21, 2013


New York's Strengthening Families Through Stronger Fathers Initiative is an innovative approach to helping low-income fathers find work and pay child support. Enacted in 2006, the initiative offered a state earned income tax credit and job-oriented programs to noncustodial parents. Our evaluation shows that the approach worked-the tax credit increased work and child support compliance among those with low child support orders and the job-oriented programs increased participants' earnings and child support payments. These positive results suggest that further investments in this approach are worthy of consideration.

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Topics/Tags: | Economy/Taxes | Employment | Families and Parenting | Poverty, Assets and Safety Net

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