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NCJ Number: 120882 Find in a Library
Title: Teen-Age Parents and Child Support: Creating Family Ties
Journal: State Legislative Report  Volume:13  Issue:19  Dated:(June 1988)  Pages:1-6
Author(s): P D Bustos
Corporate Author: National Conference of State Legislators
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Ford Foundation
New York, NY 10017
National Conference of State Legislators
Washington, DC 20036
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews relevant public policy options for legislators regarding the examination of the problems associated with establishing paternity and collecting child support from teen parents.
Abstract: Although State legislation has helped to increase child support collections overall, only two States have legislated child support enforcement policies aimed at teen parents. In 1985 Wisconsin passed a grandparent liability statute requiring the parents of a teen parent unable to pay court-ordered child support to pay that support until their teen-ager reaches legal age. In 1986 Hawaii passed a similar law. With the help of legislative appropriations, States are developing programs that assist in early paternity establishment and help increase child support enforcement awards. The programs described in this report contain one or more of the elements for a comprehensive strategy that addresses the causes of nonsupport among teens. These elements are media campaigns and counseling to teach young fathers about the importance of paternity establishment, educational incentives, job training and placement, parenting skills training, and child support enforcement. One table shows the percentage of aid for families with dependent children/foster care assistance payments recovered through child support collections in each State for 1986. Another table provides data on nonmarital births to women under age 20 as a percentage of all births to women under age 20 for each State. 19 references.
Main Term(s): Adolescent parents
Index Term(s): Family support; State laws; State-by-state analyses
Note: Part of the Teenage Pregnancy Project of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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