Child Access and Visitation Grants: State/Jurisdiction Profiles for FY 2008
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: March 8, 2010
TO: STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS STATE CHILD ACCESS AND VISITATION PROGRAM COORDINATORS
I am pleased to present you with the “Child Access and Visitation Grants: State/Jurisdiction Profiles for FY 2008.”
The program enables States to provide services that support and facilitate noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation of their children. Allowable services include mediation, development of parenting plans, counseling, parent education, visitation enforcement (supervised visitation and neutral drop-off), and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements.
This document lists the access and visitation services delivered by States from October 2007 to September 2008; it also includes considerable data on parents served and lists the State, local, court, community-, and faith-based service providers.
It is divided into three sections:
Section I: Overview;
Section II: National Data Trends (Tables, Graphs); and
Section III: State/Jurisdiction Profiles.
Page 2 – Access and Visitation State Profiles: FY 2008
Here is a summary of the year-in-review:
- Parents with Increased Parenting Time In FY 2008, 39,692 parents had increased parenting time with their children compared to 33,224 in FY 2007 – a 19 percent increase. See Chart J (page 26) to track parenting time since FY 2003 when the performance measure was first reported.
- Parents/Guardians Served Over 85,000 parents/guardians were served in FY 2008 – a 9 percent increase over FY 2007. See Chart A (page 10) to review the number of parents served each year since the program began.
- State Efforts Focused on Unmet Child Access Needs of Unmarried Parents The largest group of parents served were unmarried (47%) with divorced parents the second largest group (16%). Approximately 12 percent of parents were separated; 18 percent reported they were married to each other; and 5 percent who did not report their marital status.
- Majority of Parents Are Low-Income Continuing the trend of the last several years, the majority of parents served earned less than $30,000.
Given that the Child Support Enforcement and Access and Visitation programs often serve the same children and families, I thank you for recognizing the need for program collaboration. The data in this report make clear that our partnership is succeeding by providing services to the increasing numbers of parents who need access and visitation support.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
cc: OCSE Regional Program Managers