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CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne

CFRP Director Dr. Cynthia Osborne and the Federal Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research

Oct. 16, 2017

The federal Offices of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration of Children and Families and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) are convening stakeholders through the Roundtable for Building the Next Generation of Child Support Policy Research to define the child support research agenda and promote rigorous research and evaluation.

NPR Interview: How America's Child Support System Failed to Keep Up with the Times

Nov. 19, 2015

CFRP director Cynthia Osborne's interview with NPR for their new series on the child support system in the U.S. Dr. Osborne adeptly explains the initial goals of the system and how we got to where we are today.

NPR Interview: How America's Child Support System Failed To Keep Up With The Times

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.

CFRP in the News: FiveThirtyEight and NPR

March 2, 2015

Are Moms Less Likely than Dads to Pay Child Support? 

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight’s Mona Chalibi asks this interesting question and has a surprising answer. CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, was asked to help explain. The story was also produced as a radio segment on NPR that aired yesterday, March 1st. See below for links.

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.

6% of Child Support Cases in the U.S. Involve a Veteran or Active Military Member

May 16, 2013

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) looks at multiple subgroups who may have unique challenges in regards to child support and focuses on one of these subgroups in their “Veterans in the Child Support Caseload” fact sheet. About 6% of the 10.7 million child support cases in the U.S. involve a veteran, and they also have higher rates of arrears than their civilian counterparts.