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FY 2014 OCSE Grant Awards

Published: July 29, 2015

1115 Grants: Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services

In the fall of 2014, OCSE awarded nearly $4 million to eight state child support agencies and the District of Columbia, to explore and test how behavioral economic strategies affect child support outcomes by focusing on various areas, including early engagement of parents, order establishment processes, and family-centered services for parents in the child support caseload. OCSE also awarded one grant to the state of Washington to procure and manage the evaluation of the eight program grantees. The evaluation contract was awarded to MDRC with MEF Associates and the Center for Policy Research as subcontractors.

Over five years, grantees will work with the team of evaluators to map out child support processes, identify areas in which parents become disengaged and design behavioral interventions to improve program outcomes.

The following organizations received a grant award:

California Department of Child Support Services; Sacramento County and San Joaquin County

Dedicated Daddies Make a Difference
FY 2015 Award: $150,000

Colorado Department of Human Services; Denver County, Garfield County, Pitkin County, and Rio Blanco County

How to Help a Partial Payer Pay: Using Behavioral Economics to Increase Payments to Colorado Kids
FY 2015 Award: $150,000

Office of the Attorney General for District of Columbia Child Support Service Division

D.C. Behavioral Intervention Project
FY 2015 Award: $150,000

Georgia Department of Human Services; Fulton County, DeKalb County, Macon-Bibb County, and Peach County

Behavioral Interventions in Early Engagement for Georgia Child Support Services
FY 2015 Award: $125,083

Ohio Office of Child Support; Franklin County and Cuyahoga County

Understanding Perspectives - Behavioral Interventions in Child Support
FY 2015 Award: $140,349

Texas Office of Attorney General

Texas Start Smart
FY 2015 Award: $150,000

Vermont Agency of Human Services

Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services - Improving Performance and Customer Experience through Choice Architecture
FY 2015 Award: $150,000

Washington State Division of Child Support; King County, Thurston County, and Whatcom County

Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services
FY 2015 Award: $150,000

One organization received a grant to evaluate the BICS program:

Washington State Division of Child Support

Evaluation of Behavioral Interventions for Child Support Services
FY 2015 Award: $800,000

Special Improvement Project (SIP) Grants: Tribal Innovation Grant (TIG)

In the fall of 2014, OCSE awarded its first set of child support grants made available exclusively to tribal programs, close to $210,000 to five tribal child support programs. The grants are part of the Tribal Child Support Innovation Grant program, intended to help strengthen the family-centered services provided by the tribes and help them meet their mission and goals in a sustainable way.

Tribal Innovation Grant strategies for family-centered services include the following tactics:

  • Intervening early
  • Establishing and maintaining accurate child support orders
  • Promoting noncustodial parents’ positive engagement in the lives of their children
  • Increasing noncustodial parents’ employment and family economic stability
  • Reducing unmanageable child support debt
  • Improving family relationships
  • Collaborating to reduce family violence
  • Preventing the need for child support services in the first place

The five tribes that received the two-year grant awards are:

Cherokee Nation

Building Blocks…Strong Parents, Strong Children, Strong Families, Strong Foundations
FY15-16 Award: $48,976

Forest County Potawatomi Community

Providing Reliable Child Support Assistance through Innovative Collaboration, Outreach, and Advocacy to Tribal Employees
FY15-16 Award: $32,256

Fort Belknap Indian Community

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects
FY15-16 Award: $50,000

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

S’Klallam Strong: Collaborative Activities and Wrap-Around Services to Support Parents in the Child Support Process with Focus and Outreach to Non-custodial Parents
FY15-16 Award: $30,000

Yurok Tribe

Yurok Family Services Program
FY15-16 Award: $50,000

Last Reviewed: January 3, 2016

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