Child support is one of the best tools to end the cycle of dependency for single-parent families. These payments boost incomes for single-parent families by an average of 54 percent, help more than one million children escape poverty, and make it more likely that families will be able to leave welfare behind.
But despite its power to move children out of poverty, fewer than one in four single-parent families on food stamps receive any amount of child support. Even among those families who receive support, most only receive a portion of what is owed. This means that families are missing out on thousands of dollars of income, trapping them in a cycle of dependency that robs their children of their real potential.