Welcome New Tribal Child Support Programs
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER
DATE: April 4, 2014
TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS
RE: Welcome New Tribal Child Support Programs
It is my pleasure to announce that 54 tribes now operate a comprehensive tribal child support program, and 7 more tribes are receiving funding to put a program in place!
In the past year, four tribes have transitioned from the start-up phase to comprehensive program status: the Stockbridge-Munsee Community; the Yurok Tribe; the Saint Regis Mohawk; and the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. 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 a start-up application for one tribe: the Shinnecock Indian Nation. The start-up phase allows the time for tribes to develop a culturally appropriate child support program that meets the federal requirements.
In 2012, 45 comprehensive tribal programs distributed over $41 million in child support obligations. Collections will continue to increase with the addition of new tribal programs.
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 interactive map on the OCSE website for tribal contact information.
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