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Child Support and Father-Friendly Programs: NOT a Contradiction in Terms!. Joe Jones , Center for Urban Families (Baltimore) Debra Pontisso and John Langrock , Federal Office of Child Support (Washington, D.C.) . Child Support and Father-Friendly Programs:.
Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families (Baltimore)
Debra Pontisso and
John Langrock, Federal Office of Child Support
Not a Contradiction in Terms!
Debra Pontisso and John Langrock
Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement
June 17, 2009
“There are a lot of men out there who need to stop acting like boys; who need to realize the responsibility does not end at conception; who need to know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one” –
Demonstration projects and studies on how to better serve NCPs who are:
See attachment of draft publication about to be released
Application must be submitted by a State agency responsible for the Child Support Program.
HOWEVER, organizations (e.g., fatherhood groups) could collaborate with a child support enforcement agency on a proposed project.
Funding for a typical 3-year grant ranges $100-$200,000 but yields more as the grant and 5% state share can be matched with additional federal IV-D funds
EVALUATION is a required component.
Application open to all types of service agencies and/or organizations, such as:
state/ local public agencies;
non-profit agencies (including faith-based organizations; for-profit;
and tribal organizations.
A formal evaluation is not required although certain type of impact or outcome measures by be requested.
Funding: typical grant award amount ranges between $100,000 - $200,000 ; no applicant match required.Key Points to Know: Section 1115 vs. Special Improvement Project (SIP) Grants
Waivers grant projects require approval from OMB in order for OCSE to spend funds on non-traditional IV-D services in order to demonstrate a promising or unique approach to working with CPs and/or NCPs.
What you should know!
OCSE often selects grant priorities that support:
Child support and other human service grant opportunities can be found at the following websites:
Administration for Children and Families (www.acf.hhs.gov under Working with ACF – Grant Opportunities
Department of Health and Human Services (www.hhs.gov under Grants/Funding)
What You Should Know!
Goal: to assist NCPs in gaining increased access to and visitation with their children.
Funding: $10 million per year among states (non-child support funds) States decide how to spend the funds.
To apply: contact the State AV Program Coordinator in a given state to obtain information on funding priorities and how to apply for grant funds. A listing of state contacts can be found at:
1996: Fatherhood Programming Introduced–
ACF Demonstration Projects --- Three multiyear HM activities in low – income populations:
-- recruitment and retention issues
-- delivery of classes (some programs work with the presentation of MRE classes by offering weekend retreats and by delivering the HM curriculum over shorter overall periods while each class meets for a longer period of time)
We look forward to working with you!