Voluntary Establishment of Paternity - 2014


Publication Date: October 7, 2014



DATE:  October 7, 2014

TO: State Agencies Administering Child Support Enforcement Plans under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act and Other Interested Individuals.

SUBJECT:  Voluntary Establishment of Paternity (OMB No. 0970-0175)

BACKGROUND: Section 466(a)(5)(C) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires states to pass laws ensuring a simple civil process for voluntarily acknowledging paternity under which the state must provide that the mother and putative father must be given notice, orally and in writing, of the benefits and legal responsibilities and consequences of acknowledging paternity.

In compliance with the requirements of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families recently solicited public comment on whether the information collection described above should continue.  Public notices soliciting comments were published in the Federal Register April 1, 2014 (79 FR 18296 Visit disclaimer page ) and July 16, 2014 (79 FR 41563 Visit disclaimer page ).

The Office of Management and Budget reviewed and approved the information collection without change.

REFERENCES: Section 466(a)(5)(C)(iv) of the Act requires states to enact laws requiring the development and use of an affidavit for the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Information collection (OMB No. 0970-0175) will expire September 30, 2017.

INQUIRIES: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers


Vicki Turetsky
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers
     Tribal IV-D Directors