CFFPP in the News

October 27, 2016

Federal Child Support Rule Proposal Could Reduce Current Obligations of Parents Who Are Incarcerated

CFFPP Executive Director, Jacquelyn Boggess is featured in a recent TakePart article that examines the Obama Administration’s recent proposal to mandate that states “take into consideration actual earnings and income” of incarcerated parents—which is usually no income—when setting or modifying a parent’s child support order. Boggess acknowledges that policies like this will be instrumental in […]

September 1, 2016

Pacific Standard: Child Support’s $115 Billion Problem

CFFPP Director Jacquelyn Boggess was featured in a recent article by Dwyer Gunn of the Pacific Standard on the monumental rise in debt many non-custodial parents face, especially low-income parents, as a result of high monthly child support orders. Gunn argues that in addition to discouraging parents from entering the workforce, these debts lead to […]

June 30, 2016

CFFPP on WORT 89.9 FM: Looking back on the last 20 years

CFFPP’s Executive Director Jacquelyn Boggess and Founder David Pate are interviewed by radio host Jan Miyasaki. They share reflections on the agency’s 20 year history and the impact of social welfare policies on low income men and their families over the years.    

June 20, 2016

CFFPP on “Fatherhood is More Than a Paycheck,” TalkPoverty Radio and podcast

CFFPP’s Nino Rodriguez, Senior Policy Associate, appeared on the TalkPoverty Radio show and podcast, which went live on June 17, 2016. Listen now here: the segment on low-income fathers begins at 29:14. The segment of the show is titled “Fatherhood is More than a Paycheck,” and examines the challenges that low-income fathers face in dealing […]

November 20, 2015

CFFPP on NPR: Entire Families Burdened by Struggling Fathers’ Child Support Debt

CFFPP’s Executive Director Jacquelyn Boggess was featured in an NPR story about low-income fathers struggling with child support debt on November 19, 2015: “We’re asking that [women and children] become dependent on men who are just as poor as they are,” says Jacquelyn Boggess of the Center for Family Policy and Practice. When parents face […]

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)

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 […]