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Voluntary Establishment of Paternity


Published: April 7, 2014



DATE: April 7, 2014


RE: Voluntary Establishment of Paternity

Dear Colleague:

Section 466(a)(5)(C) of the Social Security Act requires states to pass laws ensuring a simple civil process for voluntarily acknowledging paternity under which the state must provide that the mother and putative father must be given notice, orally and in writing, of the benefits and legal responsibilities and consequences of acknowledging paternity. The information is to be used by hospitals, birth record agencies, and other entities participating in the voluntary paternity establishment program that collect information from the parents of children who are born out of wedlock.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above.  As of April 1, 2014, a notice for public comment has been posted to the Federal Register in Volume 79, Number 62 on page 18296

We request that during the 60-day comment period you review the information collection described above.  At this time there are no proposed changes.  Please provide your comments and suggestions to Debbie Ward at debbie.ward@acf.hhs.gov by May 31, 2014.  Following this comment period, we will review the comments and take them under consideration.


Vicki Turetsky

Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers
      Tribal IV-D Directors

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