Colorado Leads the Way and Strengthens Safety Nets for Children

This past April, Colorado became the only state in the nation to allow Colorado Works (our version of TANF) recipients to receive full child support payments with no impact on their cash benefits. From April 1 through May 15, $542,238.70 in child support was distributed to 3,007 families. In most other states, collected child support is used to run the child support program.

By allowing child support to go directly to children, Colorado hopes to help families get back on their feet faster. According to the Colorado Children’s Campaign, more than any other single factor, a family’s economic security tips the scale of child well-being dramatically in a child’s favor.Steady child support is an important contributor to economic self-sufficiency.


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