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Child Support Enforcement Benefits

Program Description

The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program provides services to locate absent parents, establish paternity, and enforce support obligations. People who receive assistance under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Foster Care, and Medicaid programs receive CSE services automatically. People who are not in assistance programs can apply for child support services and any support collected goes directly to them. Services are available to a parent with custody of a child who has a parent living outside of the home.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a parent or primary caregiver who needs help establishing paternity, establishing a child support order or collecting child support.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for child support, contact the agency closest to you:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/css/resource/state-and-tribal-child-support-agency-contacts

Program Contact Information

For general information about the Office of Child Support Enforcement, please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/index.html
For links to state-specific information on child support enforcement, please visit: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/extinf.html