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7.5.1     Noncustodial Parents (CMN) Noncustodial Parent Eligibility for W-2 Services W-2 Case Management Services for Noncustodial Parents Children First


The CMN placement is for individuals who are NCPs. One of the goals of W-2 is to enable custodial parents to achieve economic stability by ensuring regular child support payments in combination with employment. For this reason, W-2 agencies should provide case management and employment services to NCPs. When appropriate, W-2 agencies should explain available NCP services to the custodial parent. Noncustodial Parents’ Eligibility for W-2 Services

An NCP may be eligible for W-2 services when all of the following apply:

1.             The custodial parent is:

a.             Participating in a CSJ, W-2 T, or CMJ placement;

b.             Receiving a grant for placement in an ARP or CMC placement; or

c.              Receiving Wisconsin Shares child care assistance;

2.             The NCP is subject to a child support order; and

3.             The NCP meets all other financial and nonfinancial eligibility criteria except that the individual is an NCP. (See Chapters 2 and 3)


Example:  Norman is the NCP to Thomas, his nine-year-old son. Thomas lives with his mother, Mary. Mary is in a CSJ. Norman has a Child Support order that requires him to pay the court ordered support for Thomas every other month. Although Norman typically is a few months late in making his Child Support payments, he is cooperating with the CSA and he also meets all other W-2 financial and non-financial requirements, except that he is not a custodial parent. Norman would be eligible for W-2 services for NCPs. W-2 Case Management Services for Noncustodial Parents

The W-2 agency may provide the following case management services to individuals in a Noncustodial Parent placement (CMN):

·      Employment  Search (ES);

·      Job Retention Services (JR);

·      Career Advancement Services (CR);

·      Education and Training activities, including;

§      Job Skills Training (JS);

§      General Educational Development (GE);

§      High School Equivalency Diploma (HE);

§      Life Skills (LS);

·      Parenting Skills (PA);

·      Other Case Management activities (See Appendix – Activity Codes for a full list). Children First

Children First provides employment and training services for eligible NCPs. It also provides services and support to help NCPs increase their involvement in the lives of their child(ren).  

NCPs may be court-ordered to participate in the Children First Program if they are unable to meet their child support obligations. Eligibility for Children First is not tied to W-2 eligibility. An NCP who meets all of the eligibility criteria in above may receive both Children First and W-2 services at the same time.

NCPs successfully complete the Children First Program when they makes timely child support payments for 3 consecutive months or participate in the Children First Program for 16 weeks. Children First may be administered by the county CSA, county human/social services agency, tribal governing body, or W-2 agency.





This page last updated in Release # 14-02
Release Date:  07/16/14
Effective Date:  07/16/14