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When Families Get Income from Child Support it Makes a Difference

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It isn۪t always easy to show the poverty impact of a particular policy.  OOTS thanks the Congressional Research Service for showing how child support payments reduce poverty.  The poverty rate for children in female headed households dropped by about one-quarter because of the income received from child support according to a CRS analysis (September 9, 2010); specifically, 42 percent of such children were poor but after the income from child support is received, their poverty rate drops to 32 percent.  OOTS also wants to thank Senator Rockefeller (D-VA) for asking the CRS to do the math!!

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