How child support debt can diminish wealth-building opportunities for struggling black fathers and their families.
The study, “What We Want to Give our Kids: How Child Support Debt Can Diminish Wealth-Building Opportunities for Struggling Black Fathers and Their Families,”
highlights the experiences of 35 low-income black fathers struggling with the child support system in six cities across five states. It is the first report to explore how child support can act as a debt anchor that limits future life chances for children of the poorest black fathers, a group that owes a great majority of the $114 billion national child support debt.
Child support policies and practices often strip jobless and low-income parents of the possibility of ever acquiring savings, a house, or even a car. But one of the most significant harms of enforcement is that it can limit low-income fathers to endless financial insecurity because they don’t earn enough to pay the court-ordered child support they owe. These consequences have proven to hinder their children’s chances of moving into the middle class - doing irreversible damage to the very children the child support is intended to help - and perpetuating poverty across generations.
Read the complete findings HERE.
Download the high resolution version (66MB) of the report here.