POSTPONED: Father’s Day Forum: The Realities of Low-Income Dads and the Child-Support Reforms that Could Help Their Families

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed.

In Doing the Best I Can, Kathy Edin and Tim Nelson paint a vivid picture of urban fatherhood in the 21st century. Moving past two-dimensional stereotypes about “deadbeat dads” who don’t care about their kids, the ethnographers tell a more nuanced story about low-income fathers that has implications for policies such as child-support enforcement. The program is at the center of calls for reform that include regularly incorporating visitation into child-support orders, improving customer service, and improving system approaches to fathers with employment barriers that affect their ability to pay support.

The stakes are high—increased income for single-mother families, social supports for dads, and improved father-child relationships.

This panel will discuss the realities of low-income families and the potential child-support reforms that could improve their outcomes.

Featured panelists:

Lisalyn Jacobs, Vice President, Legal Momentum

Timothy Nelson, Co-Author, Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City; Professor, Harvard University

Ron Scott, Program Manager, DC Fathering Court

Vicki Turetsky, Commissioner for the Office of Child Support Enforcement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Moderated by:

Joy Moses, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.