Child Support Enforcement: A Framework for Evaluating Costs, Benefits, and Effects.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODOLOGY DIV
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Increases over the past decade in both the number and proportion of children in single-parent families living in poverty have resulted in concern about the failure of many parents to maintain financial responsibility for their children. While increased efforts to gain and enforce child support awards might yield additional collections on behalf of these children, they would surely entail additional costs as well. The ability to estimate the full costs and effects of such efforts is limited, however, by the narrow approaches of existing cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness studies.
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