Performance Improvement 2005. Giving Noncustodial Parents Options: Employment and Child SUPPORT Outcomes of the Share Program


The Support Has A Rewarding Effect (SHARE) initiative operated with Welfare-to-Work (WtW) grant support in three counties in the state of Washington. SHARE offered three options to noncustodial parents (NCPs) whose minor, dependent children were receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and who were in arrears on their support obligations: (1) start paying support, (2) enroll in a WtW program, or (3) face possible incarceration. The main objective of this study was to examine the employment, earnings, and child support outcomes for targeted NCPs. Findings show that NCPs worked more, earned more, and paid more child support after referral to SHARE than before; outcomes improved for SHARE participants but also for nonparticipants; and SHARE probably contributed to the observed increases in employment, earnings and child support payments. This report is one in a series of reports produced under the National Evaluation of the DOL Welfare-to-Work Grants Program.

PIC ID: 8108; Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy; Federal Contact: Landey,Alana, 202-401-6636; Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ

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