Child Support

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History Demonstrates Child Support Lifts Children Out of Poverty

Today, Child Support programs serve 1 in 4 children and 1 in 2 poor children in the United States, three territories, and many Native American tribes.

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Reaching Diverse Customers Through Visual Communications

Infographics' poster-like illustrations grab our attention and help us visualize data.

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Child Support Program Engages Veteran and Military Families

About 6 percent of the national child support caseload involves a veteran or a active military member.

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Child Support Program Plays Many Roles in Minority Health

Many of the families that the child support program serves might not realize that they are newly eligible for Medicaid and other state health insurance programs or that assistance is available to make health insurance more affordable.

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Supporting Alaska Native Fatherhood

Nearly 100 community-based partners gathered to promote positive Native male role models through effective traditional and culturally appropriate programming.

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Change Management in the Child Support Program

Child support has steadily evolved over the decades from a welfare cost-recovery model to a major family support program in a technologically savvy environment.

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Child Support Program’s Model Tribal System Readies for Launch

After years of tribal consultation, research, design and development, the Office of Child Support Enforcement launches the Model Tribal System. MTS will help tribal communities access similiar technologies and automated systems that state child support agencies have had for years.

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Military and Veteran Parents Can Find Help from the Child Support Program

Struggles with unemployment and housing instability, income changes, frequent moves and the stress of military service on family life create unique challenges for service members and veterans that can impact their child support cases.  Homeless veterans report that child support concerns are among their most difficult issues. 

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Fact Sheets Offer a New Look at Child Support Services

The Office of Child Support Enforcement invites you to download our series of fact sheets to learn why and how this federal agency, together with our partners in the national child support program, work with both parents to deliver vital child support services to children.  

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Child Support Forum Wednesday

June 20th marks the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the “Turner v. Rogers” case, in which the Court held that states must provide procedures in civil contempt cases that ensure a fundamentally fair determination of whether an unrepresented parent is able to comply with a court order to pay child support.

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