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Referrals, Location, Applications, and Electronic Interface between Child Welfare and Child Support

IM-07-06

Published: September 10, 2007

INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

IM-07-06

ATTACHMENT: Joint Issuance: Office of Child Support Enforcement and Children's Bureau

DATE: September 10, 2007

TO: ALL AGENCIES ADMINISTERING CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PLANS APPROVED UNDER TITLE IV-D OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT AND OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

SUBJECT: Appropriate Referrals, Requests for Location Services, Child Support Applications, and Electronic Interface between Child Welfare and Child Support Enforcement Agencies.

The Children’s Bureau (CB) and the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) understand the value of sound and effective interagency communications and coordinated actions between title IV-B/IV-E (child welfare) and title IV-D (child support enforcement) agencies.

The attached joint Information Memorandum (IM) provides information to State child support enforcement and child welfare agencies on three main issues:

  1. Referrals by the title IV-B/IV-E agencies to the IV-D agency (this includes determining what constitutes an “appropriate” referral and also defining the difference between requests for location services and full case referrals);
  2. Applications for child support on behalf of children not receiving title IV-E foster care payments; and
  3. Electronic interfaces between the title IV-D agency’s State child support enforcement systems (CSES) and the title IV-B/IV-E agency’s Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems (SACWIS).

Interagency communication, while challenging, can reap great rewards. We hope that this Information Memorandum is helpful as you work with your child welfare counterparts.

Sincerely,

Margot Bean
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: OCSE Regional Program Managers

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