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Texas Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP)

Grant Award

Principal Investigator - Cynthia Osborne
Sponsor - Texas Attorney General
Research Partner Subcontract - Ray Marshall Center; Carolyn Heinrich at CHASP
Project Duration - 01/01/2012 – 08/31/2016
Funding Amount - $2,600,000

The Texas Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) is a research and evaluation partnership between the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) established in the fall of 2011 to leverage the University’s resources to strengthen the Texas child support enforcement program’s quality, efficiency, and effectiveness.  CFRP’s current work:

Review of the Texas Child Support Guidelines – CFRP is conducting a comprehensive review of the current child support guidelines and will make recommendations to the OAG that ensure child support orders are appropriate, sufficient, and equitable to the noncustodial and custodial parents. 

In-Hospital Paternity Establishment –CFRP is providing recommendations to the OAG about ways to increase paternity establishment in Texas that will lead to higher levels of paternity establishment among unmarried fathers, fewer paternity disestablishments, and improved compliance with child support obligations.

Child Support for College (CS4C) - CS4C is a collaborative effort between the OAG and several partners who specialize in asset building to provide financial education and savings incentives for college to eligible child support customers.  CFRP is conducting a process and outcomes evaluation of the CS4C pilot program to inform CS4C partners and the asset building community of factors associated with college savings among the child support population.

Integrated Child Support System
The Ray Marshall Center is conducting a program evaluation to measure the impacts of the Integrated Child Support System (ICSS) that requires those getting divorced or separated to be referred to the Texas Office of the Attorney General for child support services. 

Arrears Payment Incentive Program
Carolyn Heinrich of CHASP is providing consultation in developing the OAG’s arrears payment incentive program and evaluating the program to determine whether it positively affects current collection efforts.

Help Establishing Responsive Orders and Ensuring Support for Children in Military Families (HEROES)
The HEROES program identifies the unique needs of military families when assessing child support services.  CFRP is assessing the challenges unique to military and veteran families involved in child support and evaluating whether these challenges are being met by the HEROES program.
 

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