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Dissemination of Research Findings on Minnesota Child Support Assurance

DCL-01-30

Published: June 26, 2001
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Family Services & Referrals
Types:
Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Research & Data, HHS/ACF/OCSE Research

DCL-01-30

JUN 26, 2001

TO: ALL IV-D DIRECTORS

RE: Dissemination of Research Findings on Minnesota Child Support Assurance

Dear Colleague:

This memorandum disseminates the executive summary of the "Minnesota Child Support Assurance: Program Design, Caseloads and Costs" study funded by the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

A brief summary of the report's major findings appears below:

Minnesota Child Support Assurance: Program Design, Caseloads and Costs (Policy Studies, Inc.)

The conclusions of the Minnesota study vary depending on what objectives child support assurance is intended to fulfill and how it is targeted. If the aim of child support assurance is to reduce poverty and Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) participation, a statewide child support assurance program does not seem to be a cost-effective solution. If the aim of CSA is to provide an alternative transitional benefit for those leaving MFIP for work and self-sufficiency or to provide transitional assistance in cases where the noncustodial parent's income is below minimum wage and the NCP is participating in an employment program, it may be a viable and economically feasible option.

The study states in addition that a CSA program, that conditions eligibility on the noncustodial parents' participation in an employment program, could encourage cooperation between the parents and both parents cooperation with the CSE Division. Also, the program could assist the noncustodial parent in obtaining employment, training, or a more promising job.

If you have any questions or would like to have the full report, please contact the Divsion of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.

Sincerely,

Frank Fuentes
Acting Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

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