DadTalk Blog: Child Support

Popular Tags: Child Support

March 09, 2018

“When I found out I was going to be a father [at 21], I had to make some conscious decisions about my behavior. I soon found out that I couldn’t afford to buy both liquor and diapers.” – Andre Dandridge, NewYoungFathers.com

Responsible fatherhood programs have the potential to have a dramatic, positive influence on the lives of program participants and their children and extended families. Because young fathers are still at early... Continue Reading

November 29, 2016

August 2016 celebrated the 21st anniversary of National Child Support Awareness Month. On August 5, 1995, President William J. Clinton signed Proclamation 6814 highlighting the importance of providing for our children as the “sum of our past and the promise of our future,” and acknowledging the role of all child support programs to ensuring children receive the necessary financial support to “lead secure and healthy lives.”

Today,... Continue Reading

May 11, 2016

The 2016 theme for the Children’s Bureau’s National Foster Care Month is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families.” This year's theme highlights the important benefits to children and youth when they're connected and reunited with family and, in particular, their fathers. Many fathers want to do more than pay child support,1  they want to have healthy connections with their children and be an equal parent. Youth, especially those who have... Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Ed. Note: This ACF Success Story originally appeared on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website. Read the original post here. 

At 18, A.J. owed a whopping $30,000 in child support. Referred to FatherWorks, a program for teen dads at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT. A.J. wasn’t looking to be a better father—or really to be a parent at all. He was looking for a job. He needed to pay off his bills and stay out... Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

It’s funny what kids remember about their parents when they grow up. They see things. Children have a way of remembering little moments that reveal a part of your character. I remember my dad helping me with my homework and explaining how an engine works. He taught me practical things. He showed me I could depend upon him.

Even if parents are no longer together, they can still be parents for life, perhaps in a co-parenting relationship... Continue Reading