The Child Support Program serves one in four of all children in the United States and one in two of all poor children and their families, serving those families from a child’s birth until adulthood. Child Support is a national program but policies and practices vary from state to state. Child support is particularly important to reentry because child support obligations typically do not automatically stop during incarceration or unemployment. Realistic child support policies help parents provide for their families and facilitate successful reentry and can provide an on-ramp to many other supportive services.
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