Welfare Recidivism in Maryland: The Importance of Child Support

Previous research has shown that receiving child support not only reduces the chance of families returning to welfare, but that it also reduces child poverty and, on average, accounts for 40% of a low-income family’s income. This study examines the relationship between child support receipt in Maryland and returns to the TANF program. Results show that women who do not receive child support after leaving the program are far more likely to return to welfare; that larger and more consistent child support payments reduce the chances of a family returning to welfare; and that receiving any child support reduces recidivism, though this is less likely for women with lower incomes.
Record Type: 
Report
Publication Date: 
June, 2015
Date: 
June 2015
Source: 
Partner Resources
National/International: 
National
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Supportive Services
    • Child Support
    • Child Welfare
  • TANF Program Administration
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