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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Child Support Enforcement Programs

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) within the Administration for Children and Families funds and oversees State child support enforcement (CSE) agencies, which establish child support orders and collect support. CSE agencies have faced challenges in maintaining their operations and providing essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such challenges include limited access to State courts for child support hearings. Nationally, child support programs are an important source of funds for families, and high unemployment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic makes these services even more critical. Using a survey of State CSE agencies, interviews, and document reviews, our study will assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on State CSE operations. In addition, we will evaluate the support and oversight of States by the Federal OCSE. We will also identify strategies and promising approaches used by State CSE agencies in managing these critical services during a national emergency.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
May 2021 Administration for Children and Families Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Child Support Enforcement Programs Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-06-21-00150 2022