Performance Improvement 2009. Has a Program Serving Fragile Families, Including Fathers Succeeded?


This evaluation of the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstrations included implementation and outcome analyses and case studies. The PFF projects tested new ways for state-run child support enforcement programs and community-based organizations to work together to help young fathers obtain employment, make child support payments and learn parenting skills. Services were targeted at young, never-married, non-custodial parents who did not have a child support order in place.

The study found that the proportion of PFF participants with child support orders increased considerably, the amount of child support paid increased, and the average number of months that PFF participants made a child support payment increased. Most PFF participants fared poorly in the labor market, but child support outcomes were more positive, especially in light of the modest employment gains. Program eligibility criteria needed to avoid being too narrow; child support services, including education about the system, were critical; and linkage to successful programs helped as did providing a comprehensive range of services.

Report Title: Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Projects:

Employment and Child Support Outcomes and Trends
Agency Sponsor: ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Jennifer Burnszynski, 202-690-8651
Performer: Urban Institute
PIC ID: 8885.3

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