The Building Assets for Fathers and Families in Child Support Initiative (BAFFI) is a collaborative effort of the ACF Office of Community Services (OCS) and the ACF Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to improve the economic stability of children and families involved in the child support system. BAFFI is part of the ASSET Initiative, a collaborative effort across the ACF to bring the benefits of asset building to more low-income individuals and families.
Child support enforcement (CSE) agencies traditionally improve the lives of families by collecting support payments from noncustodial parents (usually fathers) and distributing the funds to custodial parents. However, CSE agencies across the country are increasingly moving beyond collecting support payments to work constructively with noncustodial parents to maximize their ability pay child support, as well as to support their involvement with their children. Asset building strategies — especially those employed by AFI grantees — can help CSE programs better support custodial parents, noncustodial parents, and children.
This special issue of the IDA Resources Update E-Newsletter takes an in-depth look at how BAFFI is helping AFI grantees to serve families in the child support system and how CSE agencies and their community partners can use asset building strategies.
This article originally ran in the IDAresources.org Update Newsletter on 04/28/11 and is available for archival purposes.
For updated information on asset building and the AFI program, please see www.IDAresources.org.