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Paperpolicy: child support

“H.R.2091 Child Support Assistance Act of 2015”

Theenforcement of child support and welfare programs and implementationof various legislations in the United States have continued to have afundamental implication on the lives of destitute families[ CITATION Ell15 l 1033 ].It is a legal obligation for a non-custodian parent to have asubstantial contribution from his or her income towards the upkeep ofa child until the majority age. Child support laws are autonomous ofany other responsibilities or rights of the non-custodian parent[ CITATION PRN15 l 1033 ].The paper delves into the history of child support laws and how theyhave evolved over the time to the current “H.R. 2091 Child SupportAssistance Act of 2015.”

Historyand background

Thehistory of child support in the United States goes back to the poorlaws of 1601, borrowed from England[ CITATION PRN15 l 1033 ].The laws allowed parishes to recoup costs of keeping impoverishedchildren from their relatives or parents. Child support laws havebeen there since antiquity and have evolved enormously over theyears. However, the core purpose of the laws has not changed as theystill aim at providing support for destitute children. In the modernworld, there has been a drastic shift in the child support policiestowards addressing the role of men as fathers[ CITATION Ell15 l 1033 ].New policies and regulations have been put in place to ensureemployers provide relevant information about newly hired workers toease the tracking process of deadbeat parents.

Addressingthe issue

Childwelfare systems form an essential part of the society as they help,support, and protect the most susceptible children, youth, andfamilies from harm through various intervention measures. Usually,the systems aid children at a high risk of neglect or abuse henceproviding the necessary support regarding food, shelter, andclothing. Social workers are expected to show commitment to valuesand ethics during service provision[ CITATION Con16 l 1033 ].Their work in child support and welfare field has to make paramountdecisions as they work under stressful environments, minimalsupervision, and limited support[ CITATION Con16 l 1033 ].High turnover rates are attributed to the high workloads, caseloads,low wages, and intolerable working conditions.

Thereare numerous inefficiencies in the system that results in unethicalbehaviors. For instance, the delay time involved or the ten-daynotice period would allow a delinquent parent to manipulate his orher finances so as to avoid child support obligations[ CITATION PRN15 l 1033 ].Thenew Act “The H.R. 2091 Child Support Assistance Act of 2015”ensures that the government, and child support and welfareenforcement authorities work effectively in ensuring families collecttheir child support payments. It will help improve child supportaward system through a technical modification of the standing law[ CITATION Ell15 l 1033 ].The provision of the law is also expected to simplify theadministration to ensure payments are reimbursed to the respectivefamilies as fast as possible. The introduction of the bill willpromote bipartisan support in ensuring individuals owed child supportreceive the financial aid they deserve in raising their children.


Childsupport is a topic that can get contentious and stressful forparents, whether it is a case involving divorce or separation.Parents need be financially stable to provide for the basic needs ofa child however, financial challenges could trigger parents to seekfinancial support. The implementation of child support laws hassignificantly helped children get the help they need from delinquentand deadbeat parents.


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Saltzman, A., Furman, D. M., &amp Ohman, K. (2016). Law in Social Work Practice. Boston: Cengage Learning.

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