Child Support Probation Unit
The continuing mission of this unit is to ensure the children of the noncustodial parents (NCPs) we work with receive the child and medical support to which they are entitled. To accomplish this, the unit works in collaboration with the Office of Attorney General and IV-D Child Support Court Associate Judges. There are 2 program components to the unit which are the Children First Jail Intervention Program and the Community Supervision (Probation). Both program components give the courts an alternative to jail incarceration for NCPs held in contempt of court for nonpayment of child and medical support.
Both programs are achieving positive results from a population group with serious barriers and life challenges who, prior to enforcement intervention, never paid or rarely paid their support obligations.
Children First Jail Intervention Program
The Children First Jail Intervention Program provides an alternative to lengthy jail stays for a selected group of incarcerated noncustodial parents who are not making their child support payments. The Child Support Court Associate Judges consider this program when they want to release an NCP from jail into a structured program but are not yet ready to order community supervision. Probation officers assist NCPs in accessing services to alleviate multiple barriers (such as lack of education or marketable skills, illiteracy, drug / alcohol abuse, mental health issues, physical disabilities, criminal histories and visitation denial) which are preventing the NCP from meeting his / her support obligation. Assessment, case management services and intensive supervision (weekly reporting) are provided.
If the NCP is compliant, he / she will be placed on supervised community supervision for up to a 10 year term at his / her disposition hearing and the NCP is then transferred into the community supervision component of the program for continued monitoring, supervision and case management services.
If the NCP is non-compliant, he / she could receive a jail commitment of up to 6 months.
Community Supervision Program
The Community Supervision (Probation) Program receives cases placed on supervised community supervision. The community supervision term length is up to 10 years. Probation officers provide monitoring and supervision by requiring the probationers to report at least monthly. The probation officers utilize a problem-solving case management approach by referring probationers to community resources and services to resolve issues and barriers contributing to nonpayment of child and medical support.
If the probationer is non-compliant with his / her community supervision order, a Motion to Revoke Community Supervision can be filed by the Office of Attorney General resulting in possible revocation and commitment to jail for up to 6 months.