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Tennessee is adding new resources to help parents provide the support they need for children
The modern reality is that many children in Tennessee are raised by single parents or other relatives.
That is why TDHS is here to ensure that childcare services are available to all parents, relatives, and other caregivers of children in Tennessee.
TDHS is available for:
- Help find a parent to support their child.
- Assistance in establishing paternity.
- Enforce existing child support orders.
- Collect and pay out child benefit.
- Help change child support regulations as circumstances change.
- Make sure that all Tennesseers are fed regardless of income.
As part of the department’s pledge to help all parents increase their capacity to support their children, TDHS established the Child Support Re-Entry Team earlier this year. This team helps incarcerated parents meet their parental responsibilities during the prison system and after release.
Eiffel Tower in Paris
“Parents’ responsibility to provide for the material needs of their children does not end when they enter the prison system,” said TDHS Commissioner Clarence H. Carter.
“Our Child Support Re-Entry Team provides a way for parents involved in the judiciary to build capacity to meet the financial, emotional, and intangible obligations of caring for their children,” said Carter.
In addition to the State Capitol Cupola, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge in Nashville, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga were illuminated in green.
If you or someone you know needs help understanding or managing child support obligations, contact your local child benefit office. Parents and carers can also apply for child benefit online and pay child benefit here.
Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Human Services here.
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