Child-support policies that are colorblind or race neutral put low-income men of color and their families at a disadvantage and lead to continued racial inequities, according to Rutgers research. “Child-support policies were created to make sure a child who has a parent that doesn’t live with the family got support,” said Lenna Nepomnyaschy, associate professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work and coauthor of the study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. “But in recent decades economic changes such as the loss of manufacturing jobs and declining union power, increases in nonmarital births, and mass incarceration have made it much more difficult for lower-educated men of color to support their families. Child support policies, while not written with race in mind, today disproportionately harm lower-income and nonwhite families as they are over-represented in the system.” To read the full story.