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International Child Support Enforcement

The issue of child support enforcement is a high priority to the United States. At the Department of State we:

  1. Provide information through the Consular Affairs Internet home page;
  2. Deny passport services, except for direct return to the United States, to persons the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement (HHS/ACF/OCSE) certifies as $2500 or more in arrears;
  3. Encourage foreign countries to join the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance (Hague Child Support Convention); and
  4. Facilitate communication among parents, U.S. states, foreign countries, and other U.S. Government agencies on this important subject.

HHS/ACF/OCSE is the U.S. Central Authority for child support agreements, including the Hague Child Support Convention. Questions about international child support enforcement may be directed to HHS/ACF/OCSE.

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Last Updated: June 6, 2018