Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act

Brady Swenson

As a senator, President Obama championed this bill, and he spoke of it often during his 2008 campaign. To encourage responsible male behavior, the bill provides for domestic violence prevention awareness, and it would increase penalties for men who avoid paying child support, ensuring that the money from such payments winds up in the hands of families rather than tied up in red tape. Read more...

As
a senator, President Obama championed this bill, and he spoke of it often
during his 2008 campaign. To encourage responsible male behavior, the bill
provides for domestic violence prevention awareness, and it would increase
penalties for men who avoid paying child support, ensuring that the money from
such payments winds up in the hands of families rather than tied up in red
tape. Given its focus on male behavior and the family unit, the bill is an
interesting departure from others of its kind, but there is debate as to
whether or not its provisions would prove effective.

 

The
bill proposes to:

  • Provide grants for Healthy Family
    Partnerships, domestic violence prevention and treatment, and developing and
    implementing best practices in domestic violence prevention;
  • Eliminate
    separate "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)" program work
    participation rate for two-parent families;
  • Ban
    recovery of Medicaid costs for the birth of a child;
  • Improve
    collection and distribution of child support;
  • Provide
    grants to states to conduct demonstration projects to promote economic
    opportunity for low-income parents.

 

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