For the first time, ACF’s Office of Child Support Enforcement (HHS) awards $210,000 to five tribal agencies in a series of child support grants set aside for tribal programs.
The Tribal Child Support Innovation Grant (TIG) program, CFDA Number 93.508, works to strengthen tribal child support programs operating family-centered services and help tribes meet their mission and goals. One TIG grantee, the Forest County Potawatomi Community, will achieve the goals of TIG through intervening early with direct outreach to the noncustodial parents who work with tribal employers.
They expect their initiative will improve the accuracy of personal and financial information for noncustodial parents, leading to accurate, realistic orders and increased collections.
Fifty-seven agencies were invited to apply. Five were selected. In addition to the Forest County Potawatomi Community, the other winners are: Cherokee Nation, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and the Yurok Tribe.
“Community and family have long been at the heart of tribal child support programs,” said OCSE Commissioner Vicki Turetsky. “We are excited to offer our tribal programs an opportunity to develop new family-centered programs as well as expand and update existing ones.”