October 23, 2015

Welcome to our new website!

This year, the Center for Family Policy and Practice celebrates its 20th year as a policy institute. We will continue in our mission to strengthen society through the expansion of opportunities for parents to protect and support their children, and make their full contribution to family and community stability. With the launch of our new […]

October 18, 2015

The Marshall Project: For Men in Prison, Child Support Becomes a Crushing Debt

The Marshall Project examines newly proposed federal regulations that would give parents in prison the right to temporarily suspend making payments while incarcerated. CFFPP Director Jacquelyn Boggess talks about the harmful impact of billing imprisoned fathers, not only on the father but the mother and child(ren). (October 2015)

April 23, 2015

The Child Support System Should Help, Not Punish, Poor Fathers — New York Times

The following article originally appeared in the New York Times “Room for Debate” on April 23, 2015: To overcome the destructiveness of the child support system, we must take stock of the system itself. The system is a standardized, computerized procedure to collect and disburse money. It’s not a social welfare agency that matches service […]

April 16, 2015

Think Progress: The Brilliant Idea From Europe That Could Revolutionize Child Support

CFFPP Director Jacquelyn Boggess shares her idea with The Center for American Progress’ news blog Think Progress on restructuring the child support system in a way that ensures economic security for low income families. (April 2015)

April 10, 2015

Statements on Incarceration for Child Support Debt and Inability to Pay — in The Marshall Project, and the International Business Times

CFFPP has, for 20 years, forcefully advocated for ending the policy and practice of incarcerating parents who are unable to pay child support—especially when the money will be retained by the government to reimburse welfare benefits, effectively taking resources away from children and families. In the aftermath of the killing of Walter Scott by a […]

February 26, 2014

The Atlantic: How Anti-Poverty Programs Marginalize Fathers

CFFPP Director Jacquelyn Boggess describes how many welfare programs can perpetuate—rather than alleviate—families from poverty by often serving only women and children and excluding noncustodial fathers: “It’s like seven people in bed together, sharing a very small blanket. If you move the blanket over to cover up one person who’s chilly, someone else is going […]

October 14, 2013

NPR News Milwaukee: Analysts conclude Child Support Adds to Many Black Fathers’ Debt Load

CFFPP’s Nino Rodriguez shares his insight with NPR News Milwaukee on the increasing debt many Black Fathers experience due to child support orders. (October 2013)