Testimony Recommendations on TANF Reauthorization from the Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative
Statement before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Human Resources
Elaine Sorensen
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This testimony recommends that Congress establish a block grant for responsible fatherhood programs as part of TANF reauthorization to enhance the abilities and commitment of low-income fathers to provide financial and emotional support to their children. It also recommends changes to the child support enforcement system to ensure realistic child support orders for low-income fathers. This testimony is based on the collective knowledge of its signers who are members of the Strengthening Fragile Families Initiative, a multi-year initiative of the Ford Foundation. The testimony reflects the opinions of the signers and not the opinions of their respective organizations or the Initiative.
Research Areas Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Economic well-being Child support Father involvement