The Center for Family Policy and Practice is a nonprofit advocacy organization that was founded in 1995 to incorporate the needs of low-income men of color into conversations about poverty solutions. Our work addresses systemic and structural barriers to economic security, with a particular focus on child support and social welfare policies.

We advocate for policies that would benefit every member of low-income families and communities. Contact us! »



April 2017 Policy Briefing

Posted on April 4, 2017


• States and Counties Regularly Charge Parents Child Support for Their Incarcerated Children
• States Taking Actions to Restrict Driving for Child Support Nonpayment
• Trump Administration Encourages States to Consider Work Requirements for Medicaid Enrollees
• Some States Are Blocking Local Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Measures
• Child Support Caseload Associated with TANF Cases Continues to Drop
• State Policy and Practice News

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Blueprint for Economic Security cover page

A Blueprint for Economic Security

Posted on March 27, 2017

“A Blueprint for Economic Security” explores the intersections of the work-related experiences of men and fathers, child support enforcement policies and practices and support services for fathers with low-incomes. Consideration is given to the historical factors that are complicating efforts to end poverty. The Blueprint also highlights necessary changes to child support enforcement efforts and support services for low-income fathers. Policy recommendations for both the state and national levels are offered. In addition to the full report, an Executive Summary is also available.

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Punishing the Poorest Families

Punishing the Poorest Families: Wisconsin’s New Budget is More of the Same

Posted on February 28, 2017

Wisconsin’s Governor Walker has recently proposed requiring food stamp and housing assistance recipients to work or risk losing this assistance. His proposals reflect a long pattern of targeting the poorest families in the name of making them more responsible and independent. The strategy can be traced back to the Reagan presidency, and the years since then have seen the whittling away of the safety net, which is now so shredded that identifying the next group of families who receive services that can be cut is itself a challenge of sorts. This essay briefly traces the history of these proposals and the attitudes and politics that helped to create them.

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