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Incarcerated Parents With Child Support Questions

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) within the Administration for Children & Families (ACF) provides information and resources on child support to help address questions that incarcerated parents and other parents have.


March/April 2015 Child Support Report
This special edition of the Child Support Report provides resources and information about programs that help noncustodial parents who are or have been incarcerated. The report includes information on education and employment resources for parents, and programs for children. The report can be viewed on the Administration for Children & Families Office of Child Support Enhancement website or downloaded as a PDF (PDF, 9 pages).

Office of Child Support Enforcement 
The Office of Child Support Enhancement (OCSE) within the Administration for Children & Families partners with federal, state, tribal, and local governments and others to promote parental responsibility so that children receive support from both parents even when they live in separate households. This website provides a range of resources for families, state agencies, tribal agencies, researchers, employers, and other partners.

Realistic Child Support Orders for Incarcerated Parents: PAID — Child Support Fact Sheet 
For child support to be a reliable source of income for children, parents who are incarcerated need child support orders that reflect actual income. This PAID fact sheet (PDF, 6 pages) from OCSE highlights opportunities to encourage incarcerated parents to engage with the child support system, to reduce or suspend orders during incarceration to avoid arrears, and to offer post-incarceration child support services. As a companion to this PAID fact sheet, the attached chart reviews state modification practices, laws, and policies for incarcerated noncustodial parents.

Working With Incarcerated and Released Parents: Lessons From OCSE Grants and State Programs 
This report examines the findings of ten demonstration projects funded by OCSE in nine states and jurisdictions (California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Texas, Washington, and Washington, DC) that addressed issues related to incarceration and child support.

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