Over the years, the child support program has evolved from a system focused on recovering the costs of cash assistance to one that recognizes that having both parents involved in a child's life can bring the child a wide range of benefits. We recognize that the majority of noncustodial parents (NCPs) want to support their children—some just need help removing the barriers that keep them from doing it. This view, supported by years of academic research and our experience with the tens of thousands of New Yorkers we serve each year, has informed the creation of an innovative set of programs including our debt reduction and employment programs.
To meet the immediate employment needs of parents who are obligated to pay support, OCSS currently offers parents several ways to find employment.
Our programs are described below and on the Debt Reduction and Job Programs to Assist Noncustodial Parents flyer.
Parent Support Program connects noncustodial parents to employment, job training, mediation, education, life-skill classes, and other services. The program helps parents meet their child support obligation and build stronger relationships with their children. Noncustodial parents may be referred to the program when they appear in Family Court on their child support case in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island.
Jobs-Plus is a proven employment program for New York City public housing residents, offering assessment, job readiness, training, job search assistance, referrals for social supports, and child support services.
Workforce1 helps New Yorkers prepare for and connect to jobs in every sector across the five boroughs. Parents can get assistance accessing free training, identifying jobs that fit their skills, and preparing for interviews.
HRA's TXT-2-Work sends information about new job openings directly to job seekers' cell phones. Employment opportunities are in healthcare, retail, security, transportation, education, and other fields. Text "Jobs" to 877877 to receive job alerts.
To learn more about our current employment services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Jobs".