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Government Spending 1

Government Spending On Child Support Enforcement

Tamekia Johnson

Axia College of University of Phoenix

Government Spending 2

Introduction

Government spending more money on funding for agencies to assist in collection of the money that is owed to children. This is where the question is, since the Government continues to spend billons to collect millions that are owed in delinquent child support? What is the important to the government, getting the non-custodial (bad) parents who do not pay, or helping the child who to me is the ultimate reason for their actions? We spend billons of dollars on child support enforcement. In 2006, $3.9 billion was available to help fund child support enforcement. This is the government aid that is given to states for obtaining payments from a court to all families. Financial help that were given to states for more effective programs to help aid in enforcement. One of the programs has made assistance available all those who requested help in collecting child support payments. The responsibility of the state is for administering enforcement of child support. Over $2.2 billion from federal and state funds was used by the state last year for support enforcement to collect $9 billion that was due already also they will use it to find and determine paternity for 554,205 children. When support payments are not made and mothers are trying to work more than one job to provide the are deemed unfit, only because the fathers who are finically stable will get custody because some fathers are not made to cooperate and pay past due payments (Kellum, 1995). “The current state-based system of child support enforcement is failing children and custodial parents. Only half of custodial parents with a child support order actually receive what is due. A quarter receives partial payment and the other quarters receive nothing at all. As a result, $6 billion goes uncollected each year”, says Paula Roberts Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Law and Social Policy (Kellum, 1995).

Government Spending 3 Margaret Campbell Haynes Director, American Bar Association Child Support Project and Former chair, U.S., Commission on Interstate Child Support states “In conclusion, I strongly believe that federal investment should not be in creating a new federal system that largely duplicates the state system or “creams” the easiest enforcement cases but rather in improving the state-based system. Reform should occur by mandating the need form more uniform among the states and ensuring that state child support agencies receive the resources they need.” Rachel says, “Although the worthiness of these programs goes uncontested, should child support monies be spent on anything other than the specific children for? Whom they were meant? "Collecting child support is the cornerstone of both federal state deliberations on welfare reform," according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). It admits, however that, "although the child support program is generally attached to a social welfare agency, legislators increasingly treat child support in the same fashion as other state revenue-collection agencies." San Bernardino District Attorney Dennis Kottmeier states, "The insignificance of child support is that it is a money-maker." Unfortunately, it is not the children who benefit from the states' collections when the mother is on AFDC. The children receive a flat $50 of the money sent by their parent; the remainder is considered "welfare reimbursement" and is split between...
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