Program Description

The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program provides services to locate absent parents, establish paternity, and enforce support obligations. People who receive assistance under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Foster Care, and Medicaid programs receive CSE services automatically. People who are not in assistance programs can apply for child support services and any support collected goes directly to them. Services are available to a parent with custody of a child who has a parent living outside of the home.

Federally recognized tribes may apply for and upon approval receive funding to operate a child support enforcement program consistent with tribal laws and customs. Upon approval of an application, tribes receive $500,000 in funding, for 2 years, to put a program into place.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must:

  • be a parent or primary caregiver who needs help establishing paternity,
  • be establishing a child support order or collecting child support, or
  • be a federally recognized tribe that has 100 children under the age of majority subject to the tribe's jurisdiction

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for child support, contact the agency closest to you.  

Program Contact Information

Please click here for general information about the Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Please click here for links to state-specific information on child support enforcement.


Paige Hausburg
Tribal Coordinator

Additional information for Tribal Agencies can be found here

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.563
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNo Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeMandatory
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Este es un programa nacional; tanto los estados como las tribus operan programas de manutención para niños. Más de 17 millones de niños forman parte del número de casos atendidos en todo el país.
Length of ProgramN/A - Annual budgets must be submitted and costs must be allocable to the program. The program must also be in compliance with the regulations at all times.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this ProgramCurrently, there are 62 Federally recognized tribes receiving funding

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