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New GAO Study About Child Support for Families Leaving Welfare

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Publication Date: September 1998

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Paula Roberts

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

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


A summary of the findings from the released GAO study that examines the possibility that families leaving welfare will actually obtain child support income to either supplement their wages or replace the public benefits lost when the family reaches its TANF time limit. The study suggests that unless there is major improvement in the child support program the majority of families leaving welfare due to time limits will not receive substantial amounts of child support.