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 Visit disclaimer page 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

Describes the implementation of the National Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED)

OCSE works with a variety of federal partners to conduct fatherhood outreach at state and local levels

This toolkit from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will help you plan and build a fatherhood program

This 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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