Brief Tax Credits and Job-Oriented Programs Help Fathers Find Work and Pay Child Support
Elaine Sorensen
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New York's Strengthening Families Through Stronger Fathers Initiative is an innovative approach to helping low-income fathers find work and pay child support. Enacted in 2006, the initiative offered a state earned income tax credit and job-oriented programs to noncustodial parents. Our evaluation shows that the approach worked-the tax credit increased work and child support compliance among those with low child support orders and the job-oriented programs increased participants' earnings and child support payments. These positive results suggest that further investments in this approach are worthy of consideration.
Research Areas Education Families Social safety net Taxes and budgets Workforce
Tags Workforce development State programs, budgets Child support Father involvement State and local tax issues
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center