KIDS COUNT Data Point of the Month: Collected Child Support

All children need basic necessities, such as food and clothing, and child support payments provide a critical means for custodial parents to meet these needs. Child support payments are an important resource for many families and contribute to family self-sufficiency and economic stability. For many low-income families headed by a single parent, these payments serve as a survival tool to make ends meet. Research strongly suggests that child support improves numerous aspects of child well-being. [...]