Office of Child Support Launches Hispanic Outreach Toolkit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Child Support Enforcement announced today the launch of its Hispanic Outreach Toolkit, an addition to its online Hispanic Child Support Resource Center, used to help raise awareness and ensure access to child support services throughout the Hispanic community.

“Child support can be an enormous help to single parents who cannot afford to provide the financial, medical and emotional support their children deserve,” said David A. Hansell, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “This new toolkit will help bridge that gap and increase awareness of child support services in the fast-growing Hispanic community.”

The Hispanic Child Support Resource Center provides materials to assist child support agencies in developing and enhancing partnerships with community and faith-based organizations as a means to provide child support information for underserved populations. As an improvement to the online resource center, the Hispanic Outreach Toolkit provides access to outreach materials specifically designed for the Hispanic Community, such as posters, brochures, public service announcements, partnership letters and other outreach materials to help state child support agencies create effective and culturally appropriate outreach initiatives. All materials are free, easy to access and can be customized to include information about the local agency or community-based organization in English and Spanish.   

“Child support is a critical resource for vulnerable families,” said Vicki Turetsky, commissioner of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. “We just made it easier for states to take the message to mothers and fathers in the Hispanic and Latino communities who may be faced with potential barriers.”

The child support program serves nearly one in four children in the U.S. In 2008 about 82 percent of poor Hispanic custodial families participated in the program.

Learn more information on the Hispanic Resource Center and the Hispanic Outreach Toolkit.

For more information on the Office of Child Support Enforcement read the OCSE Fact Sheet.

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Note: All ACF news releases, fact sheets and other materials are available at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/news.