Authors: Daniel Schroeder, Stephanie Chiarello, Kelly Stewart Nichols, Christopher T. King, and Elizabeth McGuinness
Date: August 2007
Publication Type: Report, 74pp.
The Non-Custodial Parent Choices initiative began in 2005, when the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to implement a model employment project for unemployed and underemployed non-custodial parents (NCPs) of children who are current or recent recipients of public assistance, and who are behind on their child support payments. This four-site demonstration project establishes links among IV-D courts responsible for child support issues, OAG child support staff, and local workforce development boards to provide employment services to these NCPs. To provide an objective outside perspective on the program, the Ray Marshall Center (RMC) was contracted to evaluate NCP Choices. The present evaluation briefly examines the processes of a mature NCP Choices program, and estimates program impacts on various outcomes of interest, including child support collections, workforce development participation, potential incarceration, employment and earnings levels of NCPs, and TANF receipt by the custodial parents (CPs).