HHS’ Administration for Children and Families Awards $10.9 Million to a Second Cohort of Responsible Parenting Grantees

July 12, 2021

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently awarded $10.9 million to nine child support agencies to develop 11 programs that educate teens and young adults about the financial, legal, and emotional responsibilities of parenthood. This second cohort will collaborate with youth job development programs, foster care transition services, juvenile justice agencies, teen pregnancy prevention programs, community colleges and public schools to integrate child support and responsible parenting education into a wide range of youth-centered systems.

“OCSE is committed to helping parents take care of their children, both financially and emotionally,” said Linda Boyer, Acting Commissioner of OCSE. “One way we can help parents be the providers their children need is by helping youth and young adults prepare for parenthood. These projects support state and tribal innovations to help a new generation of parents understand and navigate the rights, realities, and responsibilities.”

Grantees will participate in the Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting-Cohort 2 demonstration for a three-year term. The first year will be devoted to refining the program design, evaluation plans, and curricula; formalizing collaborative partnerships with public and private agencies serving teens and young adults; and pilot testing. Years two and three will be devoted to implementing, tracking, evaluating, and refining program activities.

Program activities will help teens and young adults gain the knowledge, skills, and access to resources likely to lead to success in their pursuit of life goals, economic mobility, and responsible parenting. Program designs will incorporate evidence from successful youth development, peer education, health promotion, parent education, cognitive and behavioral education, and workforce development models. Program designs also will build on previously developed and evaluated child support education curricula and incorporate digital messaging to reinforce core program activities to promote economic mobility, build healthy relationship skills, teach parenting skills, reduce unplanned pregnancies, prevent relationship violence, and enhance life skills.

Grantees will evaluate the implementation and impact of their programs to document and report on effective strategies for child support education and outreach. Grantees will also participate in peer learning activities with the first cohort and will expand reach to tribal youth, community college students, and youth in rural communities.

Charting a Course for Economic Mobility and Responsible Parenting-Cohort 2 grants were awarded to:

  • Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation: Browning, MT
    FY 2021 Award: $999,999
  • California Department of Child Support Services (Project 1): Rancho Cordova, CA
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • California Department of Child Support Services (Project 2): Rancho Cordova, CA
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • Colorado Department of Human Services: Denver, CO
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa: Hayward, WI
    FY 2021 Award: $999,957
     
  • Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services: Baton Rouge, LA
    FY 2021 Award: $998,788
     
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services: Saint Paul, MN
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Project 1): Columbus, OH
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Project 2): Columbus, OH 
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • Virginia Department of Social Services: Richmond, VA
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000
     
  • Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: Olympia, WA
    FY 2021 Award: $1,000,000

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Quotes

“OCSE is committed to helping parents take care of their children, both financially and emotionally.”
— Linda Boyer, Acting Commissioner of OCSE
“One way we can help parents be the providers their children need is by helping youth and young adults prepare for parenthood. These projects support state and tribal innovations to help a new generation of parents understand and navigate the rights, realities, and responsibilities.”
— Linda Boyer, Acting Commissioner of OCSE

Contact

Administration for Children & Families
Office of Communications
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Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: (202) 401-9215
Fax: (202) 205-9688
Email: media@acf.hhs.gov

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