HHS also has a new
program, Partners for Fragile Families, that provides employment-related
training, parenting education, peer group support, mediation services,
and public service campaigns to encourage low-income fathers to increase
their child-support payments and to become more engaged with their children's
lives. This initiative also helps promote healthy and safe families,
prevent premature fatherhood, improve research and evaluation about
fatherhood, and strengthen parent-child bonds by improving paternity
establishment and encouraging parental visitation.
These efforts build
on Vice President Gore's initiatives to strengthen the role of men in
children's lives and on existing Federal Welfare Reform and Welfare-to-Work
programs that are committing billions of dollars to moving long-term
welfare recipients into lasting, unsubsidized employment.
For more information
about child support collection initiatives, as well as new initiatives
to assist low-income parents meet their child-support obligations, visit
the following Internet sites:
Administration for Children and Families site
of Men in Children's Lives site
Or, contact David
Siegel, spokesman for the Federal Office of Child Support, at telephone
(202) 401-9373, or Fax (202) 205-5927.