Reaffirming the Work Requirement for Noncustodial Parents as Part of TANF Reauthorization

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Reaffirming the Work Requirement for Noncustodial Parents as Part of TANF Reauthorization

December 22, 2011

Abstract

Research shows that work programs for noncustodial parents can increase employment and child support payments.Yet very few state TANF programs provide these work activities even though the estimated cost of implementing a requirement is zero.Congress needs to reaffirm its intent to impose a work requirement on noncustodial parents through the child support program and clearly state that child support funds may be used to fund the work programs.

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