Chapter 12: The child support system in the United States of America
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The U.S. Child Support Program is a reliable infrastructure across all States, territories and tribal agencies. Established by settlers and founding fathers local law enforcement and courts have been responsible to enforce child support for mothers and their children. The system underwent multiple reforms. Child support services have been increasingly shaped by performance measures. By 2000, only 7 per cent of the families the agencies collected child support for have been recipients of child welfare benefits. Policy goals shifted further away from poverty reduction towards engagement and support by both parents.

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