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State Profiles Report for FY 1999


Published: October 17, 2002



DATE: October 17, 2002

TO: State Agencies Administering Child Support Enforcement Plans Under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, State Child Access and Visitation Program Directors, and Other Interested Individuals

SUBJECT: Preliminary Data on State Child Access and Visitation Programs, Services Provided, and Parents Served: State Profiles Report for FY 1999

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity reconciliation Act of 1996 authorized the Child Access and Visitation Grant Program. The overall goal of the program is to enable states to establish and administer programs that support and facilitate non-custodial parents’ access to and visitation with their children.

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to provide information on services funded, by states, in FY 1999. The source of this data is derived from the OCSE State Child Access and Visitation Program Survey that states complete following the obligation and liquidation of fiscal year funds. The attached report, Child Access and Visitation Grants: State Profiles, covers information reported by the states on activities funded with FY 1999 grant dollars.

Based on a review of previous year data vis-à-vis FY 99 results, there are signs that the program is serving more parents and their children. There has been a continued increase in the number of parents served via state child access programs from 21,000 in FY 1997 to 47,000 in FY 1999. In addition, the states continue to provide a full array of access and visitation services.

We anticipate that the sharing of information in this manner will facilitate a broad exchange of best program and policy practices among states and interested parties. It will also provide the foundation for a national analysis of the effectiveness of this important program. The information is available on OCSE’s Website .

We appreciate the states’ input and cooperation in this important endeavor on behalf of children and families.

Sherri Z. Heller, Ed.D.
Office of Child Support Enforcement

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