Low Income Fathers Providing Financial Support for Their Children

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Beginning

***This course will be expiring on 06/29/2022. After this date, you will be unable to take this course for renewal credit.***

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CE Course Description

A father’s support - both financial and emotional - has been linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of a child’s well-being and most fathers want to provide for their children, however, unstable employment situations and low wages can make it difficult for fathers to meet this responsibility.  This CE course describes the challenge that economic instability poses for fathers to meet their child support obligations, their experiences requesting modifications to make child support obligations align better with their income, and their views of the disconnect between paying child support and having access to their children.

Author:  Clary, E., Holcomb, P., Dion, R., and Edin, K.  (2017, February).  Providing Financial Support for Children: Views and Experiences of Low-Income Fathers in the PACT Evaluation.  OPRE Report Number 2017-14.  Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.; Israel, D., Behrmann, R., and Wulfsohn, S.  (2017, April).  Three Innovative Approaches to Serving Low-Income Fathers: The Building Bridges and Bonds Study.  OPRE Report 2017-28.  Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Joseph Broadus, Sara Muller-Ravett, Arielle Sherman, and Cindy Redcross.  A Successful Prisoner Reentry Program Expands: Lessons from the Replication of the Center for Employment Opportunities (New York: MDRC, 2016).

Mifta Chowdhury, Sara Muller-Ravett, and Bret Barden, “Cognitive Behavioral Employment Pilot: Final Report” (unpublished paper)(New York: MDRC, 2016).

Mincy, R.B., M Jethwani, and S. Klempin.  “Failing Our Fathers: Confronting the Crisis of Economically Vulnerable Nonresident Fathers.”  Oxford University Press, 2015.

Retrieved from:  https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre

CE Course Objectives

1.  Describe how the fathers feel about their child support orders.

2.  List three ways that CBI-Emp workshop activities help the participants.

3.  Provide three factors that led fathers to feel consigned to a continuous financial struggle with no relief in sight.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Providing Financial Support for Children: Views and Experiences of Low-Income Fathers in the PACT Evaluation

a.  The Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation

b.  PACT qualitative study design and methods

c.  Background characteristics of fathers in the PACT qualitative study

d. Child support obligations in the context of economic instability

e.  Basic facts on child support and related policies, as applied to unmarried parents

f.  Experiences of fathers who sought a modification to their child support orders

g.  RF programs’ strategies to assist fathers with the child support system

h.  Access to children among fathers paying child support

i.  Fathers providing economic support outside the child support system

2.  Three Innovative Approaches to Serving Low-Income Fathers

a.  A cognitive behavioral workshop that builds skills for employment stability

b.  An interactive approach to high-quality parenting

c.  An engagement and retention approach



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2019-05-18

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