Centering Child Well-Being in Child Support Policy

Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Good+ Foundation
August 2020

Child well-being should be at the center of the policies that drive the child support program. While the child support program has been working towards a culture shift for the last few years, the pandemic highlighted some of the gaps in current regulations and policy and the ability to provide services that support family stability. This article argues for the adoption of policies that ensure families receive the full amount of a child support collection, encourage realistic and accurate support orders, encourage debt reduction, provide employment and income support that will reduce barriers to payment, use trauma-informed and behavioral approaches to providing services and improve access to justice.