Oct 9, 2013

Does Child Support Enforcement Create a Legacy of Debt among Black Fathers and Their Families?


This webinar was held on Monday, September 30, 2013.

Child support enforcement policies create a unique and devastating type of debt, undermining the financial security of low-income fathers and their children and families. Particularly for low-income black fathers, these enforcement policies can both limit the ability to secure a sustainable livelihood and prevent them from accumulating assets and, in turn, close the door to future opportunities for their children. This is particularly significant because wealth, not income, is the best indicator of financial stability.

Anne Price, Director of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative at INSIGHT, will be opening up the discussion. Jacquelyn Boggess, Co-Director at the Center for Family Policy and Practice, will discuss a new groundbreaking five-state qualitative research study based on conversations with black fathers with child support orders and the policy implications of these findings.Trina Shanks, Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, will address the impact of child support debt on future opportunities for black children. and Marc Philpart, Associate Director with PolicyLink, will discuss how these issues can be brought to the forefront through organizing and advocacy.