Winter 4-28-2024

ESRP 9000 Professor

Linda Gaughan

ESRP 9001 Professor

Linda Gaughan

Executive Summary

Executive Summary

This research project was designed to explore the challenges, attitudes, and experiences of minority fathers in meeting their child support obligations. The Child Support Enforcement Legislative Amendments of 1975 established the involvement and requirements of the United States federal and state governments in establishing a systematic program to locate absent parents, establish paternity, and enforce support. Implementing this program, which has become one of the significant social policies in the United States, has had a congruent impact on many noncustodial parents. Still, minority fathers have been the most affected group. By establishing the obligation of child support for absent parents, decision-makers intend to shelter the well-being of children by protecting them from the risk of dependence on public assistance.

Initial findings indicate that minority fathers face a range of challenges in meeting their child support obligations, including social stigma linked to cultural factors and systemic inequities, financial constraints, and legal complexities. The results of this research have implications for child support enforcement policies and practices. Recommendations include culturally sensitive approaches to engaging minority fathers, reforms to address systemic barriers that disproportionately affect them, and increased support services tailored to their needs. After a meticulous analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT), the researcher proposes a strategic planning matrix to implement education awareness campaigns to address bias and stereotypes encountered by minority fathers in child support enforcement. By recognizing and accommodating the unique experiences of minority fathers, the child support system can better promote positive outcomes for families and children. Additional research is needed to build on these findings and promote equitable outcomes for minority fathers and their children.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Organizational Leadership