The Children First Program provides employment and training services to unemployed and underemployed non-custodial parents who are not meeting their child support obligations. Although the Children First Program has a "work first" philosophy, a combination of job search activities as well as other services may be provided to promote self-sufficiency and responsible parenting. Activities/services may include case management, employment search assistance, skills training, unpaid work experience, parenting/life skills classes, remedial education and transportation assistance.
Participation in the Children First Program is court ordered with the primary goal of improving the ability of the non-custodial parent to pay court ordered child support. Individuals ordered into the program are assigned 32 hours of activity each week and may participate up to sixteen weeks within each calendar year. In order to successfully complete the Children First Program, the non-custodial parent must make timely payment in full of the court ordered support for three consecutive months or complete sixteen weeks of participation in employment and training activities.
Questions about the Children First Program may be directed to the Evie at (608) 242-4550.