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The state Department of Human Services Child Support Division and the Three Affiliated Tribes Division of Child Support Enforcement have received a $500,000 federal grant to improve child support case management and collections involving different government jurisdictions.

A state and tribal team will begin a project to strengthen how the state processes intergovernmental child support cases to maximize collections, including looking at ways to better coordinate case referrals and transfers between the state and the tribe.

Intergovernmental child support cases require coordination between North Dakota and another state, tribe or country because a child’s parents live in different jurisdictions.

The project will benefit families receiving child support services from North Dakota or the Three Affiliated Tribes and have at least one parent living in another jurisdiction.

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“This is a significant partnership and the first time that a child support grant of this type has been awarded jointly to a state and tribal program,” said Scott Davis, executive director of the Indian Affairs Commission.

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