We are making a push to get the word out on our new program that helps parents in our Child Support program achieve financial stability so they can better support their children. This is a pilot program we were chosen to participate in, along with Cuyahoga County.
We are excited to offer this opportunity and to partner with SmartMoney Community Services, an Over-the-Rhine organization with a vision to provide comprehensive affordable financial services and economic education to families.
Research has shown that parents who regularly pay child support are more involved in the lives of their children. The program will help parents build life and leadership skills to assist them in obtaining employment and financial stability. They will be coached on money management, debt reduction, credit scores, home ownership and more.
Each participant who is referred to the program will be able to take advantage of one-on-one counseling sessions and financial literacy workshops. The case plan will detail an agreed-upon level of improvement expected to achieve some financial stability by demonstrating an increased knowledge of effective practices and strategies in managing debt, increasing credit scores, and consistently making child support payments.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, you can lean more here. Please contact your Child Support worker.