What We Do


The Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) was founded in 1995 with a focus on family and fatherhood policy. We consider the impact of national and state social welfare and child support policy on low-income parents and their children. After more than 20 years, our work has evolved. Now, our primary goals are (1) to change the dialogue about family economic security to include the perspective of parents who may not live with their children, (2) to attach children’s wellbeing to both their parents’ security and success, and (3) to articulate the need for a family policy that supports racial equity and safety from violence and abuse.

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Solutions for Families

Issues We Face
  • Current federal and state law mandates that custodial parents who apply for cash assistance assign their right to child support payments over to the state. Some of the poorest families do not benefit directly from child support payments because they may not receive the full amount
  • Family courts have not kept up with changes in the American family. Low-income never-married parents are not getting the support they need for effective co-parenting.
  • A little more than half of all men not living with children (fathers and non-fathers) are not in the workforce or are unemployed or underemployed.
CFFPP Solutions
  • Revoke the legal requirement that parents reimburse the state or federal government for welfare assistance provided to their children
  • Fund state-level Families First Commissions to develop plans and processes that ensure broad-based access to services that shape and implement parenting time arrangements and high quality family-dispute resolution services informed by domestic violence and economic security expertise.
  • Provide guaranteed jobs for all low-income parents—both mothers and fathers, regardless of legal custody status—with the government acting as an employer of last resort.

Ensuring security and safety for families

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Latest publications

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 POLICY BRIEFING

IN THIS ISSUE: • Charged with Same Crime, Black Male Offenders Receive Longer Sentences than White Counterparts • Report Examines How Racial Exclusion is Embedded in Welfare Policy • Ontario,...

OCTOBER 2017 Policy Briefing

IN THIS ISSUE: • Child Support Debt, Employment, and Wages Pre- and Post-Incarceration • Incomes Improving, but Income Inequality Remains Striking • Survey Reveals Striking Gaps Among Americans in Beliefs and Levels...

Child Support Debt in Georgia Frustrates Family Economic Security for Black Parents and Children

Parents who are behind in paying child support—called “arrears”—may, by federal law, have their payments retained by the government to reimburse cash assistance that their child’s household...

SEPTEMBER 2017 Policy Briefing

IN THIS ISSUE: • Important Things to Know Regarding DACA • Reforms to Georgia’s Sentencing Laws Result in Drop in Prison Population • GAO Report Identifies Confusing Array of Eligibility Requirements...

Low-Income and Never-Married Families: Service and support at the intersection of family court and child support agency systems

State child support enforcement agencies facilitate the legal establishment of paternity for children born outside of marriage, and enforce the payment of child support by noncustodial parents....

JULY/AUGUST Policy Briefing

IN THIS ISSUE: • Parents Behind in Child Support Payments Suffer Higher Rates of Mental Health Problems • Environmental Cuts Have Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color • States with Greater...

News at CFFPP

Legislating More Obstacles for Wisconsin’s FoodShare (SNAP) Users

Wisconsin is considering legislation that would initiate two pilot programs within FoodShare, the state’s version of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Recently introduced, AB 501/SB416...


Posted on November 10 by Susan Stanton

Let’s Take a Deeper Look at Wisconsin’s Worker “Shortage”

When Scott Walker ran for Governor of Wisconsin, one of his favorite slogans was “Wisconsin is open for business.” To access Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)...


Posted on September 22 by Susan Stanton

New Federal Child Support Annual Report Shows Fewer Children Served, and Millions Paid by Families With Low Incomes

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has recently published its Annual Report to Congress for FY 2015. The number of children and parents served by child support...


Posted on April 5 by Nino Rodriguez

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