Brief Reaffirming the Work Requirement for Noncustodial Parents as Part of TANF Reauthorization
Elaine Sorensen
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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.
Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Child support
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population