Spreading the Message on Our Commitment to Fatherhood

father and babyThe child support program is one of the few government programs that systematically reach men, and the only one to do so in their roles as fathers. Because the program serves so many children—a quarter of all children and half of all poor children—and both their parents throughout childhood, it is uniquely positioned to connect men to a range of resources to help them be the fathers they want to be.

Across the country, child support programs are finding innovative new ways to help fathers provide for their children. State and local child support agencies have engaged in outreach, referral, case management and other activities in partnership with fatherhood, workforce, veterans, reentry, and asset-building programs to increase the ability of parents to support their children. They are working to engage fathers in the lives of their children, to increase noncustodial parent employment, to improve family relationships, and to address family violence prevention. 

OCSE Updated Bubble ChartThe OCSE “bubble chart” promotes the child support program’s vision for a more holistic family-centered approach to service delivery. Our collaborations with other public agencies and community organizations in the six domains of the bubble chart are enhancing the success of our program’s fundamental mission to reinforce the responsibility of parents to support their children when they live apart and to encourage fathers and mothers to be involved in their children’s lives.

OCSE reconfirms our commitment to fatherhood issues through participation in a range of federal interagency initiatives, including six listed on page 3 in the June Child Support Report.

This month, the Child Support Report also brings you voices of fathers—leaders of three national organizations—who discuss their views on fatherhood. Four other articles look at research and state perspectives about unwed parents in our program. Several highlight the need for more services that target fathers across the country and point out efforts that are showing signs of success. All of the articles—plus another (on page 8) about a North Carolina county partnership with the local library—demonstrate the child support program’s obligation to speak out about our commitment to fatherhood issues.

We have a long way to go, but our collaborative work at every level of government and with community organizations strengthens our important message that the child support program is here to help parents, children, and families.

Happy Father’s Day to all!

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3 Responses to Spreading the Message on Our Commitment to Fatherhood

  1. Nicholas Giafes says:

    States make it very difficult for fathers to have a meaningful relationship with their children. The power of the Custodial parent is overwhelming for a Father to communicate. Although a Court Order directs the Mother to comply, very rarely are they enforced to the point of correcting the situation. Blocked telephone calls, Mother’s using Father’s parenting time, denying visitation (it should be stated as Parenting Time) for one thing or another, manipulating children, and interference. Courts do nothing to assist Fathers. But miss a Child Support payment and a Father is ostracized for being a deadbeat.

    Mothers control all facets of children’s lives, without consultation from the Fathers. They create hostility for Fathers and make excuses to avoid communication. Never will they do what is ‘best for the children’, only themselves and their benefit. Education, Religion, Ancestry, Roots, Traditions, Morals, and Bonding with your children is a foregone thought.

    Courts look at Dads akin to pariahs when attempting to resolve the issues needed for a healthy Father-Sons relationship.

    What are Fathers to do when the Courts dismiss their alienation and concerns? Fathers are already guilty, and the Mothers play innocent. What if you can’t afford a Lawyer? The amount for representation far exceeds the CS payment.

    Personally, I have tried in vain to resolve my situation. Seeing that the Courts do nothing, my ex-wife has boosted her power-ego to the point of reducing my time with our children. Who’s to stop her?

  2. Cia says:

    It is laudable to hear NCP engaged about a meaningful dialogue. After Powell incidence there will be greater challenges to establish the need to not be identified as a goat rather than a sheep. Unfortunately, it appears in my experience that the NCP is more exceptional than the rule.

  3. Reginald Brass says:

    Look at the chart that the child support office put out. It start off with family violence. Is that how they see us loving careing fathers, that would do anything for thier children.
    In the middle of the chart ,it start off with locate, why do you have to locate a father that is all ready thier for his children. you only have to locate the ones that are running and hideing. But yet the good fathers are under the same program the bad ones are in. The mother is the primary care giver and the father is the NCP. the prefix of the word says he is not doing anything for his child. What about the mothers who dont tell the father he is the father until the child is 5 0r 3? Why do i have to be put in the system when i have good credit and just because the mother wants it. I know how to pay my bills without a court order.

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