ATTACHMENT: IV-A/IV-D Collaboration: Working Better Together for Families and Children, A Report of OCSE IV-A/IV-D Urban Academies: Collaboration Strategies and Promising Practices (113 KB Adobe PDF)
DATE: March 15, 2007
TO: ALL STATE/TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS AND IV-A DIRECTORS
RE: A New Publication Regarding IV-A/IV-D Collaboration Strategies and Promising Practices
This Report is designed to highlight some of the common issues and promising practices Child Support Enforcement (IV-D program) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) (IV-A program) agencies may consider in designing effective strategies to improve collaboration. It summarizes the major strategies discussed at two Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) IV-A/IV-D Urban Academies held in 2004 and 2006.
TANF/child support collaboration is critical to helping parents establish legal paternity for their children, receive program benefits, and for families nearing the end of time- limited TANF benefits ensure receipt of child support to supplement employment earnings. Many States and localities are striving to enhance their collaboration efforts and the timing couldn’t be better. Child support is becoming a more reliable source of income for children and families and the child support community is continuing to make significant strides in that direction. Since the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), total collections have increased by over 91% -- about $23 billion in support was collected in 2005 and 91% of those child support collections went to families.
The Report focuses on several different aspects of collaboration and highlights specific State/local promising practices in the following areas:
We hope you find this Report a useful resource in your efforts to improve cross-program collaboration. It is also accessible via the OCSE website. OCSE will soon be issuing another Report "IV-A/IV-D Interface and Data Exchange: A Report of Survey Findings," which focuses on IV-A/IV-D data exchange/data quality issues and provides suggestions for standardizing some of the common data elements exchanged between the two programs.
If you would like additional information on the attached publication, please contact Susan Greenblatt, Deputy Director, Division of State, Tribal and Local Assistance, OCSE at 202-401-4849.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Office of Family Assistance
cc: Child Support and TANF Regional Program Managers
ACF Regional Administrators