Effective collaboration between child support and responsible fatherhood programs is essential in promoting child well-being and better child support outcomes. Child support programs are uniquely positioned to serve fathers because caseworkers have direct contact with noncustodial fathers and can connect them to responsible fatherhood-related programs and services.
Responsible fatherhood programs can help address barriers that prevent noncustodial fathers from paying child support and engaging with their children. There are federally funded organizations that provide responsible fatherhood programs, reentry services for currently or formerly incarcerated fathers, and healthy marriage and relationship education.
Strategies for child support staff: