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Child Support Debt in Louisiana Frustrates Economic Stability for Black Parents and Families

Parents who are behind in child support payments—called “arrears”—may, by federal law, owe a significant portion to the government to reimburse cash assistance that their child’s household received from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Because African-American families are much more likely than others to have received TANF cash benefits, black parents who Read More

Policy Briefing July 2016

• Decline and Shift in Welfare Spending
• Child Support Debt a Barrier for Released Prisoners Families
• Lack of Access to Legal Representation for Low-Income Defendants
• Manufacturing Industry Relies on Public Programs to Support Families
• Federal Budget Proposal Encourages Child Support Pass Through
• Increasing Gender and Income Work Gap
• State Child Support Enforcement News
• Also of Note

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Policy Briefing June 2016

o Federal legislation about wealth stripping industries
o Assessing ability to pay child support
o Parental incarceration
o Child support collections and behavioral interventions
o Pilot programs to address nonpayment of child support; threat of jail remains
o Impacts of 1996 welfare reform
o Also of note…

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Who is Missing from Federal Childcare, Education and Family Support Policies and Programs? Much of the Family

Disparate Access: Head Start and CCDBG Data by Race and Ethnicity, a recent report by the Center for Law and Social Policy (February 2016) highlights disparities in participation rates between children of different races and ethnicities. The numbers also indicate that participation rates are oftentimes dismal. Head Start and Child Care Development Block Grants are Read More

If I Had Money: Black Fathers and Children, Child Support Debt, and Economic Security in Mississippi

“If I Had Money” explores how court-ordered child support can create barriers to building economic security for Black parents, children, and their families—especially when the court-ordered debt is owed to the government. To further investigate the economic security of Black children, teenagers, and their fathers in Mississippi, CFFPP and the Coalition for a Prosperous Mississippi conducted focus groups and listening sessions with Black men, women, and high school students. Several policy recommendations are suggested, all focused on making sure children have the support they need—as well as their parents and families.

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Making People the Priority: Implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

By 2022, researchers predict that employers in the United States will have 11 million job openings going unfilled because the positions have skill requirements that are too high for job seekers’ actual training and qualifications. Because of this impending mismatch between people’s training and employers’ job openings, federal legislators restructured the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Read More

Comments on the Wisconsin WIOA State Plan DRAFT

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 Read More

Policy Briefing December 2015

In this issue:
~Helping Parents in Low-Wage Jobs Access Affordable Child Care: Opportunities Under the Reauthorized Child Care Development Block Grant
~Comments on WIOA Data Reporting Requirements
~How Volatile Job Schedules Impact Access to Public Benefits

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Body-Worn Video for the Madison Police Department

Community Engagement Sessions

The City of Madison contracted with the YWCA-Madison and The Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) to engage individuals from marginalized and vulnerable communities in discussions about police body-worn video (BWV) cameras for Madison police officers.

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Comments on Proposed Rule for Child Support Enforcement

CFFPP comments on pending federal regulations that will affect child support enforcement programs—and children, parents and families—across the nation. The proposed rules include new requirements resulting from the Supreme Court’s Turner v. Rogers decision, as well as new options for states’ programs. Among CFFPP’s concerns are how states will actually implement requirements to consider low-income noncustodial parents’ “subsistence needs” and “actual income.”

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