HHS Role in Child Support Enforcement
Publication Year: 2008
Type: Federal resource, Booklet, 95 pages
The Child Support Enforcement Program is a joint federal, state and local partnership to ensure that parents provide support to their children. The program involves 54 separate state and territory systems, each with its own unique laws and procedures. The program is usually run by state and local human service agencies, often with the help of prosecuting attorneys and other law enforcement officials, as well as officials of family or domestic relations courts. At the federal level, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides policy guidance, technical assistance, training and funding to states, operates the Federal Parent Locator Service, which uses computer matching to locate non-custodial parents in order to establish and enforce child support orders, and provides grants to states for child access and visitation services.
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