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You Get What You Pay For: How Federal and State Investment Decisions Affect Child Support Performance

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Publication Date: December 1998

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Vicki Turetsky

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

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Concludes that most state child support programs are substantially underfunded and understaffed, and that performance may improve with increased investment. The data confirm the direct connection between performance and resource levels. The data also suggest that the current federal financing structure may encourage some states to underinvest in the program in order to maximize state revenues. State-by-state tables included.