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Updated Information for U.S. Central Authority for International Child Support Enforcement

IDCL-10-01

Published: August 2, 2010
Topics:
International
Types:
Policy, International Dear Colleague Letters (IDCL)
Tags:
Foreign Reciprocating Countries (FRC)

INTERNATIONAL DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

IDCL-10-01

DATE: August 2, 2010

TO: FOREIGN RECIPROCATING COUNTRIES

RE: Updated information for United States Central Authority for International Child Support Enforcement

Dear Colleague:

This Dear Colleague Letter is to update you on the appropriate contacts for different information related to international child support enforcement. The Division of Consumer Services (DCS) is responsible for processing child support inquiries and is still OCSE’s point of contact with the public and state agencies on case-specific inquiries. DCS is responsible for handling case-specific inquiries on international cases. Dianne Offett is the exclusive point of contact and can be reached for this purpose at ocseinternational@acf.hhs.gov or her mailing address is 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20447.

The OCSE homepage contains a page dedicated to international information. The international webpage has links to all OCSE international policy issuances (for example, Information Memoranda, Dear Colleague Letters, and Policy Information Questions) and legal references. This webpage also contains child support information specific to foreign reciprocating countries (for example, federal agreements, FRC policies, procedures and forms) and the Intergovernmental Referral Guide.

The Division of Policy (DP) is still responsible for: 1) negotiating bilateral agreements with the State Department, including analysis of foreign law and procedures; 2) developing and issuing policy guidance to states and foreign reciprocating countries; 3) resolving policy questions, and; 4) representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the Hague Convention Special Commission on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. DP staff are responsible for any questions related to negotiation efforts, legislation and policy guidance in the international child support arena. Anne Miller (anne.miller@acf.hhs.gov) is available to respond to these inquiries.

OCSE works in close partnership with the Department of State on international child support matters. Within the State Department, Michael Coffee in the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law (CoffeeMS@state.gov) is responsible for the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral child support agreements.

Thank you for your efforts to ensure that children involved in international cases receive child support.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: Regional Program Managers
ACF Regional Administrators