Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Works (W-2) Manual
22.214.171.124 Noncustodial Parent Eligibility for W-2 Services
126.96.36.199 W-2 Case Management Services for Noncustodial Parents
188.8.131.52 Children First
The CMNCase Management Noncustodial Parent placement is for individuals who are NCPNoncustodial Parents. One of the goals of W-2Wisconsin Works 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.
An NCPNoncustodial Parent may be eligible for W-2Wisconsin Works services when all of the following apply:
1. The custodial parent is:
a. Participating in a CSJCommunity Service Jobs, W-2 TW-2 Transition, or CMJCase Management Services for Job Ready placement;
b. Receiving a grant for placement in an ARPAt Risk Pregnancy or CMCCustodial Parent of an Infant 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)
The W-2Wisconsin Works 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 provides employment and training services for eligible NCPNoncustodial Parents. 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-2Wisconsin Works eligibility. An NCP who meets all of the eligibility criteria in 184.108.40.206 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,Child Support Agency 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