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Title IV-D of the federal Social Security Act requires states to have child support programs that conform to federal requirements. The top ten reasons to have a successful child support program are:
- Generates high return on investment: For every $1.00 spent on the program, about $5.33 is collected.
- Impacts children: The program touches over one quarter of the nation’s children – more children than any other government program except education.
- Helps families: In 2016, the national child support program collected and disbursed over $28.8 billion. Ninety-five percent of child support collections went directly to families.
- Repays government: About 10% of total collections are used to reimburse state and federal government for costs related to public assistance.
- Establishes legal fathers for children: Through the process of paternity establishment, the program reduces the number and percentage of children of single mothers who don’t have legal fathers. Children who grow up knowing their fathers fare better legally, socially, emotionally, and economically than those who don’t.
- Avoids public healthcare costs: The program enforces parental obligations to provide health insurance coverage when private insurance is available through an employer. This reduces the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and helps avoid the costs of publicly funded healthcare.
- Avoids public assistance costs: Regular child support income helps move families from welfare dependency to financial self-sufficiency. Families who receive regular child support payments are often able to stay off public assistance, or leave public assistance programs earlier.
- Avoids costs of other government programs: Child support income reduces dependency on other programs such as housing, food stamps, and energy assistance.
- Improves fiscal accountability: The program is not only socially responsible, but also fiscally accountable. It received a federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Program Assessment Rating Tool score of 90 percent, representing the highest rating among all social services and block grant/formula programs.
- Earns federal financial incentives: Child support programs that meet the performance standards set by the federal government are able to earn federal incentives.
If you are a legislator, policy maker, or public official exploring options for your state or local child support program, you have come to the right place. A well-run, high performing IV-D program can make a significant difference for children, families, and taxpayers. YoungWilliams is one of the foremost providers of child support services in the nation, and can help you move forward with an outstanding program.