The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) Its broad aim is to empower the economic and social wellbeing of families and children. They do this by providing an array of support services along with legal and financial aid. One of the ACF divisions is the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), which comes under the Office of Public Affairs (OPA).
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OCSE mostly provides services to the parent who has custody, as listed below:
OCSE helps the parent who has custody with everything from tracking down reluctant fathers to getting them to submit to a paternity test. They will help the parent who has custody file for child support and then help with the enforcement of the order by collecting the payments.
OCSE also helps the non-custodial parent with paternity tests and modification of the support order due to a change in circumstances. They may also help with wage withholding if required. Sometimes, the parent who has custody may be denying visitation rights or may have hidden or moved the child to stop the non-custodial parent from meeting the child. In such cases, OCSE will help track down the child.
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Did you know?
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) helps collect $25 billion in child support every year.
A total of $5.6 billion in OCSE funding to states helps collect $25 billion in child support payments annually. This means that more than $4.73 is collected for every dollar spent by the government on helping parents holding child custody.