News Category: economic security

Infographic - Child Support: The Hidden Social Safety Net

April 29, 2015

The Hidden Social Safety Net: a look at how child support payments compare to more traditional forms of family support.

A Father's Support: More to it Than the Money

March 30, 2015

After seven years in conversation with nearly 400 low-income men, authors of a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family are lending fresh insight into the ways that low-income fathers support their children in other households. Drawing on repeated semi-structured interviews, Kane, Nelson, and Edin find that poor noncustodial fathers provide surprising amounts of support in the form of diapers, clothes, food, and childcare.

New CFRP Project: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child in Texas?

Aug. 21, 2014

How much does it cost to raise a child in Texas? Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), and her team have been tasked to answer that question for the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division (OAG).

How Unmarried Fathers Support Their Children

March 25, 2014

In addition to providing emotional support to their children, fathers play a crucial role in their children’s development through the provision of financial support. Children with supportive fathers do better across a wide range of cognitive and behavioral domains—from greater academic achievement and improved health to lower rates of delinquency and depression. For some children, the financial support of their fathers can even mean the difference between living above or below the poverty line.

Evaluation of CS4C Program Leads to Policy Changes

Jan. 23, 2014

CFRP’s evaluation of the Child Support for College (CS4C) program has helped spur a rule change at the Texas State Securities Board that will help Texas families receive professional assistance when signing up for college savings programs.

New CFRP Report about Father Involvement after a Nonmarital Birth

Nov. 14, 2013

The percentage of nonmarital births in the United States doubled between 1980 and 2011. Currently, in Texas, 42 percent of recent births are to unmarried mothers. This dramatic rise in the number of nonmarital births is of growing concern because of the precarious economic status of single parents (most often mothers) and children. Moreover, there is a host of negative social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes associated with children who live in poor single-parent families, especially when those families lack involved and supportive fathers.

Two "Child Support for College" Initiative Asset-Building Events

Oct. 22, 2013

Over the next few weeks, CFRP is presenting preliminary findings from the program evaluation of an innovative asset-building program in the state of Texas, the Child Support for College (CS4C) initiative. The pilot year of the CS4C program just wrapped up, and now there are two opportunities to learn about the program and lessons learned

The CAS Study: Increasing Father Involvement Through Paternity Establishment

May 22, 2013

Two married parents living in one household with their children once comprised the normative family in the United States. Today, approximately 41 percent of children are born to unmarried parents and nearly one-third of children live apart from at least one of their biological parents.1 These changes in family structure are cause for concern because unmarried fathers have no automatic legal ties to their children, and children living apart from at least one parent are considerably more likely to live in poverty and spend less time with the noncustodial parent.2

College Enrollment and Grad Rates Increase With Even $1 in a College Savings Account

April 29, 2013

A study from the University of Kansas, Elliot (2013), finds that having even as little $1 in college savings makes a child three times more likely to enroll in college than a child with no savings account. Also, students with designated college savings accounts between $1 and $499 are over four and half times more likely to graduate from college than students with no savings. Dr.