Brief Obligating Dads
Helping Low-Income Noncustodial Fathers Do More for their Children
Elaine Sorensen
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This brief provides statistical information about poor noncustodial fathers and their children and suggests a variety of ways in which to enable these fathers to take financial responsibility for their children. In doing so, the author first lists the negative aspects of the current child support system and the reforms that have been made to it. She then describes the economic opportunities that these and future reforms will give noncustodial fathers. However, the author closes by arguing that further reforms are needed to compel low-income noncustodial fathers to properly support their offspring.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Poverty Child support Father involvement