A Look at Poor Dads Who Don't Pay Child Support

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A Look at Poor Dads Who Don't Pay Child Support

September 1, 2000

Abstract

Data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families show that the majority of poor fathers not paying child support are nonwhite; only 31 percent were working at the time of the survey; and nearly 40 percent of the non-working fathers were institutionalized. If poor non-resident fathers are expected to contribute finanically to their children, employment services and work-support programs currently available to poor mothers may need to be made available to fathers as well.

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