Tribal Child Support Programs
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: April 9, 2013
TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Tribal Child Support Programs
It is my pleasure to announce that 50 tribes now operate a comprehensive tribal child support program, and 10 more tribes are receiving funding to put a program in place!
In the past year, eight tribes have transitioned from the start-up phase to comprehensive program status: the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.; the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe; the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation; the Blackfeet Nation; Fort Belknap Indian Community; the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation; the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. These tribes now provide child support services that meet the requirements of 45 CFR 309 to the children and families within the jurisdiction of their Tribal Nation. Please join me in welcoming these tribes to the National Child Support family.
Also in the last year, we approved start-up applications for six more tribes: the Ho-Chunk Nation; the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; the Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa (Meskwaki Nation); the Delaware Tribe of Indians; the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes; and the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. The start-up phase allows the time for tribes to develop a culturally appropriate child support program that meets the federal requirements.
In 2011, 42 comprehensive tribal programs distributed over $30M in child support obligations. Collections will continue to increase with the addition of new tribal programs. This is truly an exciting time.
Please remember that both state and tribal child support programs are required to extend the full range of services to other child support agencies. Even if your state does not have a tribe within its borders, state and tribal child support programs will surely intersect and have occasion to work together. For states unfamiliar with the tribal child support programs in your region, I encourage you to visit the OCSE website for a list of the tribal programs.
If you have questions about a specific child support program, please contact that tribal or state program directly. You may also contact your regional office representative or OCSE Tribal Coordinator Paige Hausburg at Paige.Hausburg@acf.hhs.gov.
Thank you for all your efforts to improve the lives of children.
Office of Child Support Enforcement