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Cuts to Child Support Enforcement in the Budget: A Fact Sheet

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Vicki Turetsky; Joan Entmacher

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: United States


In February, Congress is expected to vote on the FY 2006 budget agreement. The current version would cut federal child support funds by more than 20 percent—resulting in at least $8.4 billion in child support going uncollected over the next 10 years. This fact sheet offers a clear overview of the impact of the cuts on the child support enforcement program, states, and the families who benefit.