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Low Income Fathers Providing Financial Support for Their Children

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

1. All of the following are true with regard to child support laws, except:

A. Each U.S. state and territory administers a child support program.

B. Custodial parents who receive TANF or Medicaid must cooperate with the child support program as a condition of receiving these benefits.

C. Under current federal law, child support agencies are allowed to use Title IV-D federal funds to assist parents in negotiating or establishing a custody or parenting time order.

D. Federal law limits child support income withholding to a maximum of 60% of disposable income.


2. Many of the fathers interviewed felt that they were constantly living under the threat of penalties for noncompliance.

A. True

B. False


3. Fathers expressed frustration when some or all of their child support payment went towards paying arrears or covering public assistance received by the child’s mother.

A. True

B. False


4. Most fathers interviewed worked full-time, but the combination of _____ led them to feel consigned to a continuous financial struggle with no relief in sight.

A. Low wages and lack of job stability

B. Low wages and relatively high child support obligations

C. Lack of job stability and relatively high child support obligations

D. Low wages, lack of job stability, and relatively high child support obligations


5. Fathers who said that they did not pursue a modification of their child support order or an arrearage reduction gave all of the following reasons, except for:

A. They felt that the mother needed the amount owed to properly care for their child.

B. They did not know how to go about it or feared they would be rejected.

C. They were overwhelmed by what they perceived as a lengthy and complicated process.

D. They found that they were not eligible for having their child support order reviewed because of a required waiting period.


6. Among all fathers with child support orders, very few indicated that they had minimal to no contact with one or more children for whom they owed support.

A. True

B. False


7. Fathers felt that they should be assured of access to their children because, in their view, the emotional and social support that they could provide their children was as important as financial support.

A. True

B. False


8. Of the fathers with full custody, most reported receiving child support from their children’s mothers.

A. True

B. False


9. Which of the following is considered informal support?

A. Buying food

B. Giving cash directly to the mother

C. Purchasing clothes

D. Providing school supplies or toys


10. The interviews conducted suggests that fathers are being pushed into the informal economy to avoid paying child support.

A. True

B. False


Three Innovative Approaches to Serving Low-Income Fathers

11. CBI-Emp workshop activities help individuals:

A. Understand their own thinking processes.

B. Learn positive ways to relate to others and appropriately manage challenging professional situations and relationships.

C. Learn skills that may be useful in other relationships, such as with their children or co-parents.

D. CBI-Emp workshop activities help individuals understand their own thinking processes, learn positive ways to relate to others and appropriately manage challenging professional situations and relationships, and learn skills that may be useful in other relationships, such as with their children or co-parents.


12. The CBI-Emp curriculum covers all of the following topics, except for:

A. Financial planning and responsibility

B. Motivational engagement

C. Cognitive restructuring

D. Emotion regulation and social skills


13. Adding CBI-Emp workshops can improve participants’ overall attendance and engagement in other program services.

A. True

B. False


14. Which of the following sets the stage for learning?

A. Financial planning and responsibility

B. Motivational engagement

C. Cognitive restructuring

D. Emotion regulation and social skills


15. Under which module do participants practice recognizing difficult situations and how they influence their emotions and behaviors?

A. Financial planning and responsibility

B. Motivational engagement

C. Cognitive restructuring

D. Emotion regulation and social skills


16. Which of the following teaches self-control strategies?

A. Financial planning and responsibility

B. Motivational engagement

C. Cognitive restructuring

D. Emotion regulation and social skills


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