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discuss the pros and cons of child support enforcement. what policy recommendations would you provide to your local state representative to assure that children have food, clothing, and shelter

The pros and cons of child support enforcement tend to fall along the same lines as general law enforcement. Enforcing these laws is an effort to make sure society functions as we (its citizens) deem it should. However, enforcing the laws also disproportionately affects those in poverty and can be punitive. Many state legislatures have come up with programs to help ensure a child's basic needs are met, though the reach of these programs varies from state to state.

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In simplified terms, child support enforcement is an effort to make sure a child is provided for by his or her parents or guardians, who are legally responsible for a child until he or she reaches the age of majority. Yet, over the past two decades, there have been calls to modify child support enforcement, particularly when it leads to incarceration. Critics point out that incarcerating individuals for failing to produce income is counterproductive,...

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