The Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) Choices Program

Do you know what NCP mean? The Noncustodial Parent (NCP) Choices Program targets low-income unemployed or under-employed non-custodial parents who are behind on their child support payments and whose children are current or former recipients of public assistance.

It surprises me in 2018 how many individuals come to a Workforce Solutions Center with great expectations and leave disappointed because of misleading information from various sources or not asking the right questions. Recently, I spoke with a customer that was not aware of the NCP program and how it could assist him in his current situation. After we discussed the details and benefits of the program, he was fully aware of how the program can help him and expressed how this new found information minimized his stress level.

I would like to educated everyone about the Non-custodial Parent Choices Program and its benefits.

The overall 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.

To be eligible for NCP Choices, a noncustodial parent must meet the following requirements:

  1. A child support case in which the child or custodial parent is a current or former recipient of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
  2. Medicaid benefits.
  3. Be unemployed or underemployed.
  4. Reside in the geographical area served by the participating board.
  5. Be legally able to work in the United States, or have an Office of the Attorney General (OAG)-issued consent order.
  6. Ordered by a court to participate in the program.

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. The program helps 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 serving this populations can be challenging, 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 September 2015.

  • Seventy-one percent of participating noncustodial parents entered employment.
  • On average, the noncustodial parents entered employment within eight weeks.
  • Seventy-seven percent of participating noncustodial parents retained employment for at least six months.
  • More than $202 million in child support was collected through September 2015, of which approximately 10 percent was used to repay TANF, Medicaid, foster care and child support collections programs.

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, job referrals, support services, short-term training , and subsidized employment/work experience.

Workforce Solutions has been a key factor in assisting Harris County Domestic Relations customers find employment in a short amount of time and will continue foster positive relationships. Also, the Regional team has participated in educating the NCP customers on various services offered by Workforce Solutions based on eligibility. I am proud to say that the NCP staff will continue to make a difference in the community, change lives, and provide employment opportunities for the participating parents.

To find out more about NCP Choices, please visit the Texas Workforce Commission web page dedicated to this program or visit your local Workforce Solutions office.

 


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