Food Stamps

Child Support Cooperation

Child support payments lift one million children out of poverty each year. Nearly six million single-parent families are dependent on food stamps, and although child support is one of the best tools for reducing dependency in single-parent families, only one in four children receive any amount of child support. But states have a critical tool at their disposal: by requiring parents to comply with child support as a condition of food stamp eligibility, states can reduce childhood poverty and make it more likely that families will leave welfare, ending the cycle of dependency.