The following information is from the office of Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla:
Disadvantaged children will receive more federal assistance, thanks to new legislation introduced today by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord). Assembly Bill 1654 will increase the amount of child support received by families who are CalWORKs recipients to help them meet their basic needs.
“My legislation takes advantage of a federal option to redirect more child support funds towards these children,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla. “For example, a family of three on CalWORKs receives at most $670 a month, so even modest increases in child support can be very beneficial.”
AB 1654 would increase the amount of child support directed to a CalWORKs recipient from $50 to $100 for a family with one child, and $200 for a family with two or more children, or a greater amount if authorized by federal law. Additionally, this child support would not be considered income or be deducted from assistance that the family would otherwise be eligible.
“The beauty of this legislation is that it proposes a modest amount of state investment to allow these CalWORKs recipients to keep more child support funds that would otherwise be returned to Washington,” said Mike Herald, legislative advocate for the Western Center of Law and Poverty, sponsor of the legislation. “That additional money can make a huge difference for a family.”
AB 1654 will be heard in a policy committee later this spring.