Child Support Enforcement Program--Caseload and Collections: 1990 to 2006

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 550):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 23 rows and 19 columns.

For years ending Sept. 30 (5,432 represents 5,432,000). Includes Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The child support enforcement program locates absent parents, establishes paternity of children born out of wedlock, and establishes and enforces support orders. By law, these services are available to all families that need them. The program is operated at the state and local government level, but 66 percent of administrative costs are paid by the federal government. Child support collected for families not receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) goes to the family to help it remain self-sufficient. Most of the child support collected on behalf of TANF families goes to federal and state governments to offset TANF payments. Some states pass-through a portion of the CS collections to help families become self-sufficient. Based on data reported by state agencies. Minus sign (-)indicates net outlay


  1. Passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) mandated new categories in 1999 and cases were no longer
    double counted resulting in a 2 million case reduction.
  2. Does not include in-hospital paternities.
  3. Through 1990 includes modifications to orders.
  4. Collections for current assistance cases where the children are: (1) recipients of TANF
    under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act or (2) entitled to Foster Care (FC) maintenance
    under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act plus
    collections distributed as assistance reimbursements.
    Includes assistance reimbursements, which are collections that will be divided between the State and Federal
    govenrments to reimburse their respective shares of either Title IV-A assistance payments
    or Title IV-E Foster Care maintenance payments.
  5. Prior to fiscal year 2002, incentives were paid out of the Federal share of collections and
    the net Federal share was reported.


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