FAQ – Parents for Change

  • What is the Parents for Change Program?
    The Parents for Change Program is a problem-solving program designed to assist non-custodial parents in providing meaningful monetary support for the child/children and promote co-parenting.

  • What are the goals of the program?
      • Ensure that the current, past, and future child support orders will be paid in a timely manner.
      • Assist the non-custodial parent in gaining access to meaningful employment.
      • Address any lifestyle barriers that may include physical, emotional, and substance abuse concerns through wrap-around services.
      • Educate the non-custodial parent regarding various parenting topics.
      • Act as a liaison between the custodial and non-custodial parent in order to improve their co-parenting relationships.
      • Assist in establishing a meaningful relationship between the non-custodial parent and the child/children.

  • Who qualifies for the program?
      • Must have a child support order under the jurisdiction of the Seward County Courts.
      • Must have a minimum of two month’s arrears in child support.
      • Live within the State of Nebraska.
      • Must be committed to making progress toward their child support order.

  • What are the benefits of enrolling in the program?
    The Parents for Change Program is a voluntary program which will result in suspending contempt actions initiated by the Seward County Child Support Office while participating in the program.

  • How much does the program cost?
    The participant is responsible for a one-time payment of $200.00, which may be set up as monthly payments, to be paid prior to successful completion of the program. Payments can be made with cash, credit card, check or money order. Checks and money orders must be made payable to the Seward County Treasurer. All fees are non-refundable.

  • How long am I enrolling in the program?
    The Parents for Change Program is a minimum of one year to a maximum of eighteen months. The participant will need to complete a combination of educational classes and have gainful employment.

  • Can I consult with an attorney before enrolling in the program?
    Yes, you have the right to confer with an attorney before signing an agreement.

  • Can I be terminated from the program?
    Yes, if you do not complete the required conditions of your Program Agreement you will be terminated and your case will be referred to the Child Support Enforcement Office. In the event that you are terminated, you will pay the pro-rated share of the $200.00 fee based upon the time period enrolled in the program.

  • Can I withdraw from the program?
    Yes, you can withdraw at any time from the program and your case will be referred to the Child Support Enforcement Office. The participant will be responsible for a pro-rated share of the $200.00 fee based upon the time period enrolled in the program.

  • Can my case be transferred to a Parents for Change Program in another county?
    No, your case cannot be transferred to another county’s Parents for Change Program.

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