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Benefits and Costs of Increased Child Support Distribution to Current and Former TANF Families

Publication Date
Oct 15, 2005

Prepared by: Laura Wheaton and Elaine Sorensen With Victoria Russell and Jeff Versteeg The Urban Institute

Prepared for: Department of Health and Human Services

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Office of Human Services Policy

Contract Number 233-02-0092 Task Order No. 4


This report was produced under the direction of Jennifer Burnszynski, Task Order Officer, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Human Services Policy, Jerry Regier, Deputy Assistant Secretary.  The views expressed here are those of the authors and should not be attributed to the Urban Institute, its trustees, or ASPE/DHHS.

Executive Summary (in PDF format)



The authors gratefully acknowledge the comments and advice received from Jennifer Burnszynski, Audrey Mirsky-Ashby, and Linda Mellgren (of ASPE/DHHS), Daniel Meyer and Maria Cancian (of the University of Wisconsin), and Linda Giannarelli (of the Urban Institute). The authors also thank Kenneth Finegold, Meghan Williamson, Liliana Sousa, An-Lon Chen, Joyce Morton, Paul Johnson, and Jessica Kelly for their contributions to this project.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)