Child Support Program

 

 

 

Blackfeet Child Support Program ANNOUNCEMENT On January 6, 2011, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council authorized, by resolution, the establishment of Ordinance #108-Blackfeet ChildSupport Codes and Ordinance #109-Blackfeet Paternity Establishment Codes, aswell as Guidelines by which to establish amounts for child support orders. 

 

Blackfeet Tribal Child Support
409 North Piegan Street
PO Box 1090
Browning, MT  59417
Fax: 406.338.5540

 

BLACKFEET CHILD SUPPORT PROGRAM STRATEGIES 2011

 

Emphasize prevention and early intervention.

         > Partner with youth programs/agencies to develop information sessions, training, events, activities focused on child support from the perspective of traditional child well-being.

         > Build Custom Law Forum to address extended family child support concerns.

         > Target Young TANF couples for specialized training; partner with community  agencies to include parent education, skill-building, life skills, focus on successes.

          > Partner with Public Schools to develop traditional child support learning curriculum.

          > Intervene early in situations where the need for modification of orders, payment problems and unemployment develop.

          > Provide early access to genetic testing for families of children born outside of formal marriage situations.

          > Use administrative order process as early and expeditiously as possible.

          > Develop and update all child support information tracking logs and spreadsheets/reports to highlight potential problems and intervene quickly.

Customize approach to customer service.

          > Organize a committed and thoughtful Advisory Board.

          > Develop targeted, specific initiatives to deal with special populations, including young couples, incarcerated parents, disabled parents, parents with multiple families.


 Deliver positive, culturally-appropriate services.

          > Address perceived obstacles to payment, including access to children, with community agency partners and constantly updated awareness of available of resources.

          > Work with Tribal Court personnel for a seamless approach to customer service and data flow.

Provide proactive case management to ensure reliable payments of support

          > Communicate regularly and openly with all parties in a case.

          > Leverage debt owed to a State in return for regular, reliable payment of current support.

          > Strive for reliable payments and voluntary compliance as preferable to debt-triggered enforcement action.

          > Outreach to outlying reservation communities on a regular basis; opt for face to face meetings outside the office, if safely possible.

           > Assist court and customers to anticipate changes with expectation and when developing orders in situations of seasonal and sporadic income and employment.  Work to mediate agreement.

          > Work closely and consistently with the employer community with regard to ownership, update, and change.

Use time-sensitive, specific customer service protocols for TANF clients.

          > Prioritize and target cases for optimum child support collection; continuously review and revise priorities based on tracking data.  Keep tabs on new case collections.

          > Develop materials for specific caseload categories: child only, young couples, newborn, students.

          > Work closely with State and County TANF agencies to determine logical/effective services and determine differentiation with Tribal TANF focus.  Research and understand how distinctive requirements of State vs Tribe affect child support effort.

Use specific collaborative protocols with other agencies.

         > Tribal Court.

         > Family Services.

         > TERO.

         > Manpower.

         > Blackfeet Tribe.

         > Local employer organizations.