Family and Social Policy

Texas Non-Custodial Parent Choices: Preliminary Program Impact Analysis

Texas Non-Custodial Parent Choices: Preliminary Program Impact Analysis

Researcher(s):
Daniel Schroeder, Kelly Stewart Nichols, Elizabeth McGuinness; with Christopher T. King, Esmeralda Garcia, Sarah Looney Oldmixon, Andy David
Date:
February 2007
Publication Type
: Full Report (PDF)

Abstract: The Ray Marshall Center (RMC) estimated preliminary impacts of NCP Choices on child support collections, workforce development participation, employment and earnings levels of NCPs, and TANF receipt by the custodial parents (CPs).

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Texas Economic Supports for Working Families: A Product of the Bridging the Gaps Project

Researcher(s):Deanna Schexnayder, Ying Tang, Brendan Hill, Sarah Looney Oldmixon
Date Published:
February 2007
Publisher(s):
Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, The University of Texas at Austin

Availability:
Full Report (PDF)

Abstract: Low-wage workers who are also heading families typically meet their basic expenses through a combination of their earnings, government benefits and reliance on family, friends and local philanthropies. Over the past decade, welfare reform policies, rapidly increasing medical costs and declining real wages for lower-income workers have increased the challenges faced by these families. Devolved program policies combined with the variation in the cost-of-living across localities mean that a family’s ability to meet its expenses at a given income level can differ dramatically depending on where someone lives.

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The Dynamics of Child Care Subsidy Use: A Collaborative Study of Five States


"The Dynamics of Child Care Subsidy Use: A Collaborative Study of Five States", chapter in From Welfare to Child Care: What Happens to Young Children When Single Mothers Exchange Welfare for Work?

Authors: Marcia Meyers, Deanna T. Schexnayder and others.
Date Published: January 2006
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum. 279pp. (Mahwah, NJ)
 

Evaluating the Non-custodial Parent Choices Program in Texas: Literature Review, Early Implementation Results and Preliminary Impact Analysis Plan

Researcher(s):Daniel Schroeder, Christopher T. King, Esmeralda Garcia, Sarah Looney Oldmixon and Andy David
Date Published:
September 2005
Publisher(s):
Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources, The University of Texas at Austin

Availability:
Full Report (PDF)

Abstract: The Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has partnered with the Texas
Workforce Commission (TWC) on a demonstration project referred to as the Non-custodial Parent Choices Initiative (or NCP Choices). The project links IV-D courts responsible for child support issues, OAG child support staff, and local workforce development boards to encourage workforce development of unemployed and/or underemployed non-custodial parents (NCPs) with unpaid child support orders, and whose child is either currently receiving public assistance or has previously received public assistance.

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Welfare and Work:Experiences in Six Cities

Researcher(s):Christopher T. King and Peter R. Mueser
Date Published:
January 2005
Publisher(s):
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Availability:
Available for purchase from the W.E. Upjohn Insitute for Employment Research. 200pp.

Abstract: King and Mueser examine changes in welfare participation and labor market involvement of welfare recipients in six major cities during the 1990s. By focusing on these six cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, and Kansas City) they are able to glean the extent to which differences in state and local policy, administrative directives, and local labor market conditions contribute to the trends in caseloads, employment, and well-being observed among former recipients. This allows the authors to identify recipient flows and patterns of employment in the six cities before and after welfare reform, and to draw conclusions that go beyond existing studies.

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