Brief The Potential Impact of Increasing Child Support Payments to TANF Families
Laura Wheaton, Elaine Sorensen
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The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 includes incentives for states to increase the amount of child support that is "passed through" to families on welfare, rather than retained to offset welfare expenditures. Beginning October 1, 2008, the federal government will share in the costs of a $100 per month pass-through for families with one child and a $200 per month pass-through for families with two or more children. This brief discusses the potential benefits and costs to families, states, and the federal government if all states implemented a $100/$200 pass-through and disregard.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Child support Economic well-being Families with low incomes
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center