If I Had Money: Black Fathers and Children, Child Support Debt, and Economic Security in Mississippi

Posted on February 10, 2016

“If I Had Money” explores how court-ordered child support can create barriers to building economic security for Black parents, children, and their families—especially when the court-ordered debt is owed to the government. To further investigate the economic security of Black children, teenagers, and their fathers in Mississippi, CFFPP and the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi conducted focus groups and listening sessions with Black men, women, and high school students. Several policy recommendations are suggested, all focused on making sure children have the support they need—as well as their parents and families.

Noncustodial Parents, and Child Support & EITC Policy

Are We Moving Families Toward Economic Security? Posted on December 15, 2013

This paper examines how the combination of tax law (including Earned Income Tax Credits) and child support policy may impact low-income parents of color and contribute to their families financial instability. A sampling of four states suggests that noncustodial parents need to earn $32,000 to $45,000 per year in order to pay child support and maintain basic economic security.