Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.
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.
April 2019 Child Support Report (PDF, 10 pages)
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 downloaded from the Administration for Children & Families Office of Child Support Enhancement website as a PDF (PDF, 10 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. Learn more about child support related to incarceration and reentry.
Final Rule: Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs (PDF 2 pages)
The Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs Final Rule addresses procedures that increase regular, on-time payments to all families. In addition, it supports program modernization, reduction of accumulated unpaid arrears, customer service, and management practices.
Access and Visitation Mandatory Grants
Each year, grant funding goes to states and territories to operate the Access and Visitation program, which helps increase noncustodial parents’ access to and time with their children. States are permitted to use grant funds to develop programs and provide services such as: mediation, development of parenting plans, education, counseling, monitored and supervised visitation, and neutral drop-off and pick-up.
» Learn more about Children of Incarcerated Parents at youth.gov/COIP.
» Join the Children of Incarcerated Parents listserv.
Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people
Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.
Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.
Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.
Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).