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Noncustodial Parents: Summaries of Research, Grants and Practices


Published: August 27, 2009
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies, Access & Visitation Program
Family Services & Referrals, Engagement Of Fathers, Healthy Family Relationships, Incarceration/Prisoner Reentry, Parenting Time/Access & Visitation
Grants, Policy, Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), Research & Data, HHS/ACF/OCSE Research

Dear Colleague Letter


Date: August 27, 2009

Attachment: Noncustodial Parents: Summaries of Research, Grants and Practices

TO: All State and Tribal IV-D Directors
State Access and Visitation Program Coordinators

Much of the success of the Federal child support program is contingent upon the ability or willingness of noncustodial parents (NCPs) to provide financial support for their children. As a result, OCSE has an established track record of supporting demonstration and research projects focused on testing innovative program practices that enable NCPs to assume personal responsibility (financial and emotional) for their children.

Therefore, I am pleased to announce the publication of a new OCSE report entitled, Noncustodial Parents: Summaries of Research, Grants and Practices, that is based on the highlights of numerous demonstration and research projects funded by this office in recent years.

This report contains information on projects related to:

  • Fatherhood and Employment and Training;
  • Child Access and Visitation;
  • Incarceration and Re-Entry; and
  • NCP-related Projects In Progress.

The purpose of this report is three-fold: 1) to disseminate information to the child support program and research community-at-large regarding State or local experiences in working with NCPs; 2) to share information on successes or lessons learned resulting from implementing these program interventions; and 3) to provide potential or future OCSE grantees with a baseline of information regarding projects that have been funded to date.

While this report does not encompass all of the projects funded by OCSE in the past, it will provide readers with a solid and current understanding of the issues related to working with NCPs and their families.

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact either Debra Pontisso debra.pontisso@acf.hhs.gov or John Jolley john.jolley@acf.hhs.gov.


Vicki Turetsky
Office of Child Support Enforcement