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

Author: CFFPP . Date: November 20, 2015

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:

NPR story 11-20-15“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 incarceration for nonpayment, it can burden entire families. Boggess has seen men’s mothers, even their ex-girlfriends or wives, step in to pay to keep a father out of jail. And child support debt never goes away, even if you declare bankruptcy or when the children grow up.

“We found that there are 20- and 30-year-old children who are paying their father’s child support debt, so their father can keep whatever small income they may have,” she says.

Read and listen to the original story on NPR: “From Deadbeat To Dead Broke: The ‘Why’ Behind Unpaid Child Support”

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