Caring and Paying: What Fathers and Mothers Say About Child Support.

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Furstenburg, Frank F., Jr.
Sherwood, Kay E.
Sullivan, Mercer L.
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This report explores the circumstances and opinions of 71 parents who were interviewed to help inform a project aimed at increasing the employment and earnings of disadvantaged fathers, and child support payments made by them. That project, the Parents' Fair Share Demonstration (PFS), tackles a social problem that is crucially linked to child poverty in the United States: the failure of noncustodial parents -- most of whom are fathers -- to contribute financially to their children's support. Through a unique combination of job training, personal support, and incentives, Parents' Fair Share will provide an opportunity for out-of-work fathers whose children receive public assistance to better fulfill their parental roles, especially as providers. The project will encourage them to establish legal paternity, if they have not done so, and to make regular payments through the formal child support system, in exchange for help in finding jobs and increasing their earning power. (Author abstract).

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