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 91 federally funded organizations in 27 states and one territory that provide responsible fatherhood programs, reentry services for currently or formerly incarcerated fathers, and healthy marriage and relationship education.
Strategies for child support staff:
- Refer parents to fatherhood programs
- Answer child support related questions from fatherhood staff and participants
- Provide individualized case management and assistance
- Welcome opportunities to collaborate and partner
- Visit fatherhood programs and give presentations on child support processes
- Develop a deeper relationship with fatherhood program staff
Top Fatherhood Resources
Published: January 29, 2019Describes the implementation of the National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)
Published: June 29, 2018OCSE works with a variety of federal partners to conduct fatherhood outreach at state and local levels
Published: January 17, 2018This toolkit from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will help you plan and build a fatherhood program
Published: December 4, 2017Link to fatherhood.gov
Published: March 8, 2017This brief from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) explores in-depth interviews with low-income fathers enrolled in responsible fatherhood
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