OCSE is the U.S. Central Authority for international child support. We work with states and countries to provide assistance to families seeking support when family members live in different countries.
Foreign Reciprocating Countries
The U.S. government has arrangements with 26 foreign reciprocating countries and Canadian provinces (FRCs) to provide child support services. Click on a particular country to access the official reference documents, contact and payment processing information.
International Policy Documents
In its capacity as the Central Authority, OCSE develops and implements national policy for the child support program. We provide guidance to help states process their international cases according to federal law. We also issue guidance for our international partners.
Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support
Since signing the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, the U.S. State Department and OCSE have worked toward ratifying the Convention in the U.S. The U.S. Senate has given its advice and consent to ratification of the Convention, and Congress passed the implementing legislation, P.L. 113-183 - Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. As required by P.L. 113-183, all 54 states and territories have passed UIFSA 2008 amendments. The final step is for the President to sign the instrument of ratification, and then the U.S. will be able to deposit the instrument of ratification and the Convention will enter into force.
Parents and International Cases
International cases are complex, and either parent’s place of residence will impact the steps you take to obtain the services of a state child support agency.
Top International Resources
U.S. Department of State - Passport Services and Child SupportU.S. Department of State information about passport denial for child support arrearages
U.S. Department of State - International Child Support ResourcesInternational child support resources from the U.S. Department of State
NCSEA - International Child SupportInformation from the National Child Support Enforcement Association on International child support
OCSE International Program ContactUse our online webform to ask a question
Child Support Worldwide NetworkInformation from the global child support network on international and national child support law
European e-Justice Portal: Maintenance ClaimsEuropean Union countries provide answers to frequently asked questions on maintenance claims (child support)
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