May 5, 2016

The Impact of Parental Work Requirements on Child Development: Simple Policy Requires Complex Analysis

“Are Parental Welfare Work Requirements Good for Disadvantaged Children?” This is the question that Chris Herbst, Associate Professor of Economics at Arizona State University tried to answer during his presentation on April 13, 2016, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s LaFollette School of Public Affairs. Using variations in the work requirements of states’ Temporary Assistance for […]

March 25, 2016

Debt, Indebtedness and Low Income Families

One of CFFPP’s roles is to further the understanding of social welfare policy and practice in relation to the lives of families of color with low or no incomes, oftentimes from the perspectives of parents with court-ordered child support debt, i.e. noncustodial fathers. Racial, socioeconomic and gendered analyses are often absent from discussions of related […]

March 23, 2016

“What Is The Price of Justice?” – The DOJ’s Recent Guidance to Courts on Ability to Pay

People in communities of color who are struggling to achieve economic security often find themselves burdened by court-ordered financial obligations that they have no ability to pay. Frequently, this results in people being incarcerated in local jails due to courts’ unwillingness to examine, or disregard of, each person’s financial circumstances. Recognizing these harms, the U.S. […]

February 26, 2016

Celebrate CFFPP’s 20th Anniversary — Donate to The Big Share 2016!

Support CFFPP’s work and help celebrate our 20th anniversary — Donate during The Big Share 2016! The Big Share is a one-day online giving event happening on March 1st, sponsored by Community Shares of Wisconsin. Donate any time before March 1st, and your contributions will count toward CFFPP’s Big Share totals. Donate to CFFPP now […]

January 25, 2016

CFFPP Submits Comments on the Wisconsin WIOA State Plan

The State of Wisconsin’s Draft WIOA Combined Plan was available for public review and comment until January 13, 2016. Due to the impacts this WIOA state plan will have on job opportunities for people with low-incomes, CFFPP reviewed the State of Wisconsin’s Draft Plan, and submitted comments. CFFPP found that there are no clear strategies […]

December 7, 2015

Schedules that Work Act Promotes Economic Stability

Low-income parents and families cannot make daily and monthly budget plans without some previous knowledge and confidence in a steady income from employment.  They certainly cannot reach economic security or move toward asset development for themselves and their children. Still, among low-wage workers, and this often means people of color, volatile work schedules are becoming […]

December 1, 2015

Wisconsin’s WIOA State Plan is Available for Public Review and Comment

Across the nation, people seeking employment are often confronted with employers that require job applicants to have post secondary credentials and/or education. To provide more effective job training and placement services to people most in need of employment, federal legislators restructured the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), creating the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which […]

November 24, 2015

Recent WI Legislation Creates Barriers for Struggling Families, and Disproportionately Impacts Parents of Color Who Have State-Owed Child Support Debt

Recent Wisconsin Assembly Bills signed by Governor Scott Walker during 2015 are detrimental for low-income families who are utilizing public benefits to make ends meet. One of these Bills is requiring people who receive FoodShare (Wisconsin’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, aka “food stamps”) to utilize new photo ID FoodShare cards that will cost the state millions […]

November 8, 2015

Wisconsin State Journal: ‘Connecting art to social justice’

Jacquelyn Boggess partners with local artist Kelly Parks Snider to create a piece featured in the “Hidden in Plain Sight” gallery. (November 2015)

November 7, 2015

The Sauk Prairie Eagle: Art exhibit is ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’

CFFPP Director Jacquelyn Boggess serves on a panel that discusses a social justice-themed art exhibit. (November 2015)