Renewal of child passport (CP) grants in the State Department of Child Support Enforcement (DSCE) under the Child Support Prevention Act (CSPA) will expire on December 31, 2017.
The agency’s annual child support enforcement fund has been used to provide support to parents of children in the foster care system for the past decade.
The State Department has not made a decision regarding renewing CP grants, which were set to expire at the end of March 2017, nor has the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
A decision on renewing the grants has been postponed until April 10.
The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Division of Child Welfare has also not issued a decision on CP grants in 2017.
A new grant application could be submitted to DHS to provide assistance to states to implement their own child support policies and provide support for families with children.
According to the DHS website, CP grants have been a vital tool for child welfare enforcement agencies and states in enforcing child support laws and child welfare laws in the state.
The grant program has been an important tool for States in providing additional child support resources and child development theory and theory assistance to families experiencing significant or persistent child support arrearages and/or financial hardship.
The State Department and DHS will update this information as soon as the department receives a new CP grant application.
To learn more about CP grants and to request a CP grant, visit: https://www.childsupport.gov/cps/fees-and-prizes/child-support-fees.aspx.