Every community faces some of the same problems and opportunities in handling families with cases in both the child support and child welfare agencies. When the two agencies fail to coordinate, absent parents may not be located, parents with children in foster care may receive child support in error and face the prospect of making repayments, and child support may never be established even though it would help the family to reunify. This article discusses the child support and child welfare project, which was undertaken to improve collaboration between sister agencies in multiple jurisdictions. The Center for Policy Research of Denver, Colorado, with grant funding from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, conducted two meetings in Washington, D.C., in 2006 and 2007to bring together top-level managers and other key representatives of child welfare and child support agencies in targeted jurisdictions to discuss shared concerns and engage in the development of plans to improve the handling of joint cases and to promote collaboration. (Author abstract modified)
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