The Noncustodial Parent (NCP) Choices program targets low-income unemployed or underemployed noncustodial parents who are behind on their child support payments and whose children are current or former recipients of public assistance.
The goal of the program is to help noncustodial parents overcome substantial barriers to employment and career advancement while becoming economically self-sufficient and making consistent child support payments.
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The NCP Choices program serves low-income unemployed or underemployed noncustodial parents who are behind on their child support payments and whose children are current or former recipients of public assistance, helping them overcome substantial barriers to employment and career advancement while becoming economically self-sufficient and making consistent child support payments.
The NCP Choices program currently operates in 17 Workforce Development Boards in Texas:
Despite the fact that this is one of the hardest-to-serve populations, the NCP Choices program has seen unprecedented employment, job retention, and child support results. The following information has been collected regarding the NCP Choices program between August 2005 and August 2014 (Fiscal Years 2006–2014):
The services provided to noncustodial parents mirror the services provided to TANF recipients under Texas’ Choices program. The services emphasize Work First, providing job referrals and job search assistance, and include:
When a noncustodial parent is ordered into the program, Workforce Solutions office staff performs an assessment of needs and barriers and creates an individual employment plan designed to move that individual into a stable employment situation.
To be eligible for NCP Choices, a noncustodial parent must:
Initiated in August 2005, NCP Choices is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission, Local Workforce Development Boards (Boards), Workforce Solutions Office staff, and family court judges.
NCP Choices is funded by TANF and is authorized under the TANF State Plan – Texas Health & Human Services and the following federal statutes and regulations:
Access a comprehensive guide and a desk aid providing policies and procedures and TWIST instructions for the NCP Choices program.