Father's Day Information Moment with HHS - HUD - 4/19/12


Uploaded by HUDchannel on 19.04.2012

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HELLO, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WATCHING THIS YOUTUBE.
WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU DOING THAT. AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE PREPARING FOR FATHER'S
DAY 2012, WHICH IS GOING TO BE ON JUNE16thTHIS YEAR, AND ALL OF YOU HOUSING AUTHORITIES OUT
THERE, WE REALLY, REALLY WANT YOU TO PARTICIPATE. BUT WE'RE ALSO TALKING ABOUT BEYOND FATHER'S
DAY AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO CONNECT FATHERS AND FAMILIES, AND WE HAVE A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS,
AND TODAY'S CONVERSATION IS WITH VICKY. >> HI.
>> WHO IS THE COMMISSION OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
LET ME SAY THAT I'VE WORKED WITH VICKY FOR THE LAST YEAR WITH THE WHITE HOUSE FATHERHOOD
GROUP. WE'VE HAD SOME DISCUSSIONS ABOUT FATHERS AND
MEN AND HOW DO WE WORK WITH THEM, SO THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US AND OUR HOUSING
AUTHORITIES. REALLY APPRECIATE YOU DOING THIS.
MAYBE WE COULD START BY TALKING ABOUT WHAT IT IS YOUR OFFICE DOES.
>> SURE, AND IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US, TOO.
WE'RE VERY EXCITED BY WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE AT HUD.
OUR OFFICE, THE OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT, IS PART OF HHS, AS RON SAID, AND WE OVERSEE
AND RESPOND TO STATE CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAMS. THE CHILD SUPPORT HAS THE JOB OF MAKING SURE
BOTH PARENTS SUPPORT THEIR KIDS THROUGH CHILDHOOD. WE HELP CHILDREN GET THE RESOURCES THEY NEED
TO THRIVE. ONE IN FOUR CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES
PARTICIPATES IN OUR PROGRAM, SO IT IS A LARGE PROGRAM.
THE CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM WORKS WITH HOSPITALS SO THE PARENTS CAN ACKNOWLEDGE LEGAL FATHERHOOD.
WE ESTABLISH AND ENFORCE CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTIONS. WE IDENTIFY HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR THE KIDS
IN OUR CASELOAD, AND TO OUR ACCESS AND VISITATION PROGRAM FUNDED FEDERALLY, STATES HELP NONCUSTODIAL
PARENTS SEE THEIR KIDS. >> SO ARE THERE NEW PROGRAMS THAT YOU HAVE
THAT YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT? >> YES.
MANY STATES AND TRIBES REGULARLY REACH OUT TO CUSTODIAL PARENTS, USUALLY MOMS, BUT NOT
ALWAYS. SOMETIMES CUSTODIAL DADS OR GRANDPARENTS ARE
THE CUSTODIAL PARENT IN OUR CASELOAD. STATES AND TRIBAL OFFICES REACH OUT THROUGH
THEIR WEBSITE, YOUTUBE, JOB FAIRS, COMMUNITY EVENTS LIKE THIS, VIDEOS, BROCHURES.
IT IS A PROGRAM THAT DOES A FAIR AMOUNT OF OUTREACH TO CUSTODIAL PARENTS.
AT THE FEDERAL OFFICE WE HAVE A NEW INITIALTIVE CALLED FAMILY CENTERED CHILD SUPPORT.
THIS ENCOURAGES LOCAL CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAMS TO WORK WITH BOTH PARENTS MORE PROCEED ACTIVELY
AND WHOLISTICALLY BY OFFERING BOTH MOM AND DADS ACCESS TO SERVICES OFFERED BY PROGRAMS.
OTHER PROGRAMS INCLUDE HEALTH CARE, SNAP, TANF, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES, COPARENTING SERVICES
AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION. CHECK OUT OUR FEDERAL WEBSITE FOR RESOURCES.
WE'VE GOT A NUMBER OF SHORT, EASY TO READ PAPERS AND TOOLKITS TO HELP CHILD SUPPORT
AGENCIES, BUT YOU MIGHT FIND THEM OF INTEREST AS WELL.
>> DO YOU KNOW OFF THE TOP THE WEB LINK TO THAT?
>> I DO, AND I THINK WE CAN PUT IT IN THE VIDEO.
>> OKAY. GOOD, GOOD.
>> CHILD SUPPORT, I CAN IMAGINE THAT A GUY WHO OWES $10,000, THE LAST PERSON HE WANTS
TO TALK TO IS ONE OF YOUR PEOPLE. >> YOU BET.
>> SO IS THERE A WAY THAT YOU CAN MAKE IT EASIER TO TALK TO HIM?
IS THERE IS WAY THAT IF HE OWES $10,000, WHICH HE MAY NEVER BE ABLE TO PAY, HOW DO YOU
CAN YOU WORK WITH HIM? UH HUH.
WELL, YES, WE CAN. AND OUR PROGRAM HAS BEEN UNDERGOING A STEADY
EVOLUTION OVER THE LAST DECADE OR SO THAT'S REALLY CAPTURED BY THIS IDEA OF FAMILY CENTERED
CHILD SUPPORT. OUR PROGRAM STARTED OUT 35 YEARS AGO, RON,
AS A WELFARE RECOVERY, LAW ENFORCEMENT TYPE PROGRAM, AND MANY PEOPLE STILL THINK THAT
WE ARE ABOUT ARRESTS AND PUTTING PEOPLE IN JAIL OR THAT WE ARE SENDING COLLECTED CHILD
SUPPORT TO THE STATE TO REIMBURSE WELFARE. WE'RE NOT ALL THE WAY THERE YET, BUT I CAN
TELL YOU THAT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, STATE AND TRIBAL LEVEL, THERE ARE A LOT OF CHANGES AFOOT,
AND IT'S NO LONGER TRUE THAT WE ARE STRICTLY AN ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM.
IT'S ALSO NOT TRUE THAT MOST MONEY IS REPAID TO STATES.
IN FACT, 94% OF THE MONEY THAT WE COLLECT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE FAMILIES AND FAMILIES
DEPEND ON THAT MONEY TO MAKE ENDS MEET AND TO MAKE THEIR FAMILY BUDGET LAST THROUGH THE
END OF THE MONTH. A NUMBER OF LOCAL CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAMS HAVE
PARTNERSHIPS WITH FATHERHOOD PROGRAMS, EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS, COPARENTING, PARENTING SERVICES,
THE KINDS OF SERVICES THAT FATHERS WOULD FIND USEFUL.
OUR FAMILY CENTERED CHILD SUPPORT INITIATIVE REALLY ENCOURAGES LOCAL AGENCIES TO WORK WITH
THE COMMUNITY AND GET THE WORD OUT TO PROMOTE POSITIVE ENGAGEMENT OF FATHERS IN THEIR CHILDREN'S
LIVES AND FRANKLY WITH US. WE ARE WE HAVE SHIFTED OUR EMPHASIS FROM,
YOU KNOW, COLLECTING EVERY DOLLAR WE CAN PUT OUR HANDS ON TO EMPHASIZING RELIABLE, SUSTAINABLE
SUPPORT PAYMENTS THROUGHOUT CHILDHOOD, AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS
MAY HAVE AN ORDER THAT IS OUT OF WHACK, TOO UNREALISTICALLY HIGH.
THEY MAY HAVE ACCUMULATED UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT DEBT THAT, AS YOU SAID RON, THEY WILL NEVER
BE ABLE TO REPAY. AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN VIRTUALLY EVERY LOCAL
CHILD SUPPORT OFFICE IS TO EMPHASIZE THAT WE CAN HELP.
WE CAN REDUCE THAT ORDER TO REASONABLE, REALISTIC LEVEL.
WE CAN EVEN WRITE OFF SOME OF THE UNPAID DEBT, BUT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO TELL DADS TO
NOT WAIT, BECAUSE THE PROBLEM OF UNPAID DEBT WILL NOT GO AWAY UNLESS THAT FATHER COMES
INTO OUR OFFICE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND ASKS FOR HIS ORDER TO BE REDUCED AND HIS DEBT TO
BE ADDRESSED. NOT ALL LOCAL OFFICES WE HAVE THOUSANDS
AND THOUSANDS OF OFFICES. NOT ALL OFFICES WILL RESPOND AS FAVORABLY
AS OTHERS, BUT HE HAS THAT RIGHT TO REQUEST A REDUCTION IN HIS ORDER, AND IN MOST OFFICES
ALSO WRITE OFF DEBT WHEN IT'S UNREALISTICALLY HIGH.
>> SO FOR OUR LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITY, AND WE'RE APPEALING TO HAVE A FATHER'S DAY AND
WORK ON FATHER'S ISSUES THROUGHOUT YEAR, WHAT IS THEIR BEST WAY TO CONNECT WITH ONE OF YOUR
OFFICES AT THE LOCAL LEVEL? SHOULD THEY GO THROUGH US?
SHOULD THEY PICK UP THE PHONE BOOK AND CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES?
HOW SHOULD THEY DO THAT? >> OR GOOGLE.
>> OR GOOGLE. >> RIGHT.
WELL, PROBABLY THE MOST STRAIGHT FORWARD IS TO SEE IF YOU CAN MAKE THAT CONNECTION DIRECTLY,
FIND OUT HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CHILD SUPPORT OFFICE.
CONTACT THE CHILD SUPPORT DIRECTOR, AND SEE WHAT YOU CAN SET UP FOR FATHER'S DAY AND ONGOING
PARTNERSHIPS, AS WELL. IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE FINDING A LOCAL OFFICE,
AND IT CAN BE HARD, BECAUSE DIFFERENT STATES ARE RECOGNIZED OWE ARE ORGANIZED IN DIFFERENT
WAYS, AND I THINK WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DOING IS TAKING THOSE OF YOU WHO REGISTER
FOR THIS FATHER'S DAY EVENT AND MATCHING THEM WITH THE LOCAL CHILD SUPPORT OFFICE AND GIVING
BACK YOU A CONTACT. >> GREAT.
SO THAT'S ALSO WHY IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR HOUSING AUTHORITIES OUT THERE TO RECOMMEND
SISTER TO REGISTER WITH US, BECAUSE WE WILL TAKE THAT REGISTRATION CONTACT LIST,
HAND IT TO CHILD SUPPORT, AND THEN YOU WILL NOTIFY YOUR PEOPLE IN THE LOCAL AREA, AND
HOPEFULLY THAT CONNECTION CAN BE MADE? >> RIGHT.
WE'LL DO OUR BEST. >> IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT WE KNOW
WHAT WE WANT FROM YOU, RIGHT? WE WANT HELP FOR OUR DADS.
WE WANT A RESOURCE FOR OUR HOUSING AUTHORITIES. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE FROM
THE HOUSING AUTHORITIES? IS THERE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE
YOUR JOB EASIER? >> ABSOLUTELY.
YOU CAN HELP US REACH OUT TO DADS AND TO MOMS, TOO, BOTH TO TELL PARENTS ABOUT THE SERVICES
WE HAVE AND ALSO TO ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUAL MOMS TO SEEK CHILD SUPPORT AND DADS TO GET THEIR
ORDERS SET AT THE RIGHT LEVEL, SO THAT HE CAN AFFORD TO PAY IT AND SO THAT KIDS AT THE
END OF THE DAY GET STEADY SUPPORT MONTH AFTER MONTH, YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND WHEN A DAD IS
ABOUT TO BE INCARCERATED, IT'S SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET THAT WORD OUT TO TAKE CARE OF
YOUR CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS SO YOU DON'T DEAL WITH THAT WHILE YOU'RE IN PRISON.
AND SO THAT'S WHERE HOUSING AUTHORITIES CAN REALLY HELP US.
IT CAN HELP US GET ACCESS TO THE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE SERVING AND THAT WE ARE SERVING SO
THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THE CASE WORK AND THE PAPERWORK AND MAKE SURE THAT THE ORDERS
ARE IN SYNC WITH WHAT PARENTS CAN DO. >> OKAY.
WELL, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> THANK YOU, RON.
>> AND AGAIN, THIS IS A SERIES OF YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT WE'RE DOING AGAIN FOR FATHER'S
DAY BUT BEYOND FATHER'S DAY, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE ISSUE OF CONNECTING FATHERS AND FAMILIES
IS A HUGE ISSUE, AND WE'RE ON IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>> THANK YOU.