The NRFC is a research and informational source, primarily for fatherhood programs and practitioners that are delivering services to fathers and their families. For resources and information to help fathers address individual concerns or situations, please visit our Connect with Programs page to locate local resources in your area.
On December 19, 2016, the Office of Child Support Enforcement announced a new rule to make state child support enforcement programs more effective, flexible, and family-friendly. Read about the Final Rule, as well as more resources available from the Office of Child Support Enforcement here.
Child Support Awareness Month: A Look at How Child Support is Evolving
This August 2016 webinar recognized child support awareness month and provided information about how fatherhood programs and local child support offices are working together to strengthen families.
Working with Child Support – Continuing the Conversation
This April 2015 was a follow-up to a March 2013 webinar in which we began a conversation about ways in which fatherhood practitioners can partner with local child support offices to help non-custodial fathers and their families. The webinar featured two fatherhood programs that have successfully established effective partnerships with their local child support office.
Working with Child Support – Effective Strategies from Model State and Local Partnerships
This March 2013 webinar provided ideas and resources to help responsible fatherhood practitioners understand and meet the needs of non-custodial fathers and their families. It featured an overview of federal, state and local policies, partnerships and initiatives; explained how fatherhood practitioners can partner with local child support offices; and generally explored strategies to help non-custodial fathers and their families. The webinar transcript and presentation slides are available.
Promising Practices: Funding & Collaboration Opportunities with Child Support Enforcement
This Webinar discusses funding and collaboration opportunities with the Office of Child Support Enforcement, primarily through the utilization of Access & Visitation grants. The webinar transcript and presentation slides are available.
No matter the reason for fathers not living with their children, it can be difficult to connect, and when they are together, to know what to do. If you can, encourage your fathers to try to make sure they contact their children every day. Ask them to text message an older child. Encourage them to call to talk their children and ask about the school day, what they had for lunch, or how their favorite sports teams did that day.
Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement Webinar
On August 5, 2010 the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (CSE) hosted a Webinar entitled “Child Support and Fatherhood – Making a Positive Connection.” The Webinar included presentation from two local models of successful child support and fatherhood program collaboration. Presentations were made by CSE Directors and Fatherhood Project Managers in Hennepin County/MN and Hamilton County/OH discussing collaborative approaches and lessons learned in providing a range of fatherhood and CSE services to help create positive opportunities to increase child support and build healthy families. Below are links to the materials that were covered during the Webinar.
Child Support Reports
Access past issues and sign up for regular email updates from the Federal Office of Child Support Child Support Reports. These monthly reports highlight new news, innovations, and partnerships in Child Support around the country.
- 20 Long Distance Activities for Dads at a Distance
Sponsor: The National Long Distance Relationship Building Institute
- Five Goals for Live-Away Dads
Sponsor: National Center for Fathering
- U.S. Surgeon General's Tips To Fathers
Sponsor: U.S. Surgeon General
- The Responsibilities of the Noncustodial Parent
Sponsor: Family Education
- Making Visitation Work
- What Fathers Contribute to Child Development (PDF - 35 KB)
Sponsor: The Texas A & M System. Texas Cooperative Extension
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (CSE) sounds like an intimidating and unfriendly place for a father – regardless of your custody situation. However, working with CSE on establishing and updating a support order when your situation changes, help establish paternity, and connect you with local resources.
Child Support Enforcement – Finding a Local Office
Local information, and current sources are critical in helping establish, change or maintain a child support order. Child Support is vital to helping provide your child with basic necessities, and can often help facilitate visitation. State and Federal Child Support information can be found.
Spotlight on Dads
Spotlight on Dads help dads think about the ways their involvement affects the lives of their children. Each contains suggestions on books or movies that dads can use to learn more, and a page of discussion and thought provoking questions to further think about each issue.
- Get Creative, Stay Connected (2009)
- Back in Touch (2009)
- Steps in The Right Direction (2009)
NRFC Quick Statistics: Father Involvement
NRFC Quick Statistics: Nonresident Fathers
NRFC Quick Statistics: Fathers and Child Support
NRFC Spotlights: Nonresident Fathers and Children in Foster Care
NRFC Spotlights: Custodial Fathers and Child Support
NRFC Spotlights: Single Father Custodial Families
NRFC Spotlights: Nonresident Fathers of Young Children