Wisconsin Works (W-2)

Non-Custodial Parent Services

Two programs from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) that serve non-custodial parents in Wisconsin include: the W-2 Non-custodial Parent Program; and the Children First Program. These programs provide case management, job search and job retention services to non-custodial parents to facilitate their entry into the unsubsidized labor market and to help them retain employment. Unsubsidized employment will increase their capacity to make consistent child support payments for the benefit of their minor children.

W-2 Non-custodial Parent Program

The W-2 Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) Program is a voluntary program for the unemployed or underemployed NCP who desires case management services. To participate, the NCP must cooperate with efforts to establish paternity and enforce any existing child support orders. The custodial parent must also be participating in a W-2 employment position. In addition to case management services, the W-2 agency may provide NCPs with job search assistance, job skills training, basic education, and/or work experience opportunities.

Concurrently with case management, job search, and employment and training assistance, a successful program creates a balance between family and work to provide a stable environment which benefits the child(ren), the custodial parent, and the non-custodial parent.

Both parents have a responsibility to provide for their families. Regular child support payments, combined with employment, will help the W-2 custodial parent toward economic stability. Depending on each case situation, a portion or all of the child support payments made by the non-custodial parent will pass through to the W-2 custodial parent. In addition, it is expected that by meeting their financial obligation, NCPs will also demonstrate enhanced contact with, and emotional investment in their children.

Children First Program

For information on Children First, please see W-2 Manual 14.2.1.1.

 Updated October 25, 2011

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