This research-to-practice brief identifies lessons learned from six child support agencies in Arizona, California, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia as they implemented the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) model of child support enforcement. The PJAC model incorporates fairness in dispute resolution over child support payments and suggests that if a non-custodial parent perceives the process to be fair, he or she is more likely to comply with the order, regardless if the outcome of the process is favorable to them.
The Centering Child Well-Being in Child Support Policy toolkit draws from analysis of state child support director survey data. The toolkit covers evidence-based innovations reflecting two policy components: Ensure Families Receive All Child Support Payments and Implement Sensible Debt Reduction Strategies. The toolkit also includes infographics and policy fact sheets on child support enforcement approaches for noncustodial parents.
This issue brief identifies characteristics of noncustodial parents in the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project in six child support agencies across the country. The brief also includes assessments from case managers who use these characteristics to determine the reasons why they believe these noncustodial parents fall into contempt of court orders. The brief findings are drawn from PJAC records for noncustodial parents enrolled through July 31, 2019 and from interviews with case managers conducted during the spring of 2019.
The Aspen Institute’s Ascend initiative has launched a webinar series to cover 2Gen approaches that support the health, economic opportunity, and education of low-income families as they recover and move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic. Upcoming webinar topics are Child Support: Implications and Useful Lessons around Child Support, Parent Voice During COVID-19: Maintaining Feedback Loops, Stopping Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders Where They Start: Prevention and Treatment in Adolescence, and State Leadership During COVID-19 and Beyond.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever for state, local, and tribal human services leaders serving children and families to provide a Whole Family response. To assist in this effort, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Regional Operations offers an updated list of resources, guidance, and tip sheets with information on ACF funding flexibilities and the whole family approach. This compendium includes:
This strategy brief discusses how safety culture can assist child protection agencies in shifting their organizational culture to one characterized by open staff conversation; in this environment, staff feedback is valued and important in addressing their organizations’ concerns. One way to strengthen safety culture is through effective mindful organizing, described not only as staff’s understanding of their work, but also of their colleagues’ capabilities, which according to studies, results in reduced staff turnover and positive outcomes for children and their families.
Policy Announcement / Memoranda
This letter from the Acting Commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement provides guidance on how individual tax rebates made under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to eligible noncustodial parents are subject to intercept for past-due child support payments. It also notes that TANF or Title IV-E foster care cases must have at least $150 in past-due support for the offset requirement to apply; non-TANF and non-Title IV-E cases must have at least $500 of past-due support for the offset requirement to apply.
This research-to-practice brief describes the Procedural Justice-Informed Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) demonstration project and its integration of procedural justice principles into enforcement practices in six child support agencies in Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The premise of PJAC is that if defendants perceive the dispute resolution process to be fair, they will comply with the outcome of the process, regardless of whether the decision was favorable to the defendant.