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.
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
Joy Moses, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress