Non-Custodial Parent Programs
Populations Served: Non-Custodial Parents
EDSI has been working with the non-custodial parent population since 1999. We designed and developed the original non-custodial parent program in Pennsylvania, and funding and operation of the Philadelphia Non-Custodial Parent program, in cooperation with the Philadelphia Family Court, began in 2004. Based on our achievements in Philadelphia, we currently also operate successful non-custodial parent programs in Pittsburgh and Delaware County, PA.
Our work with program participants results in permanent and sustainable unsubsidized employment. Outcomes include an increase in child support payments, a decrease in arrearages, an increase in economic self-sufficiency and greater participation of the parents in the lives of their children. The strategies we propose educate and involve the non-custodial parents in child support enforcement processes and learning what their financial responsibilities are. Re-unification of our participants and their children begins with financial stability.
EDSI's extensive experience has shown that over 70 percent of our current NCP participants have criminal backgrounds and the majority of those have completed jail sentences. Our Job Developers work closely with “second chance” employers who agree to work with ex-offenders. Since 2004, EDSI has been developing employment opportunities to assist ex-offenders to find and retain employment.
Designed for parents who are not working and have a court order to pay child support, Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) Employment Programs eliminate barriers between the client and employment in several ways:
Job Readiness Classes
- Delivering classes including: skills assessment, resume writing, understanding the application process, conflict resolution and interviewing techniques
Job Search Assistance
- Teaching clients to use the internet for computer-based job searches and providing instruction on filling out online job applications
Job Placement Assistance
- Ensuring clients are placed in unsubsidized jobs that provide optimal earning potential, thereby allowing them to pay child support and pay down arrearages
Job Retention Assistance
- Providing clients with case management and the opportunity for tiered employment
The EDSI video, “Stepping Up To Fatherhood,” recently earned a bronze Telly Award in the non-broadcast productions-social issues category. The video focuses on EDSI’s successful Pennsylvania Non-Custodial Parent Placement and Retention Program and the potential benefits for its non-custodial parent customers. The Association for Women in Communications honored EDSI with a 2011 Clarion Award in the education category for the video.
Stepping Up to Fatherhood
"Stepping Up to Fatherhood," winner of a 2011 Telly Award in the non-broadcast productions, social issues category, focuses on EDSI's successful Pennsylvania Non-Custodial Parent Placement and Retention Program, and the potential benefits for its Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) clients.
Giving Fatherhood a Chance
Learn more about EDSI’s non-custodial parent programs. Learn how we support clients in transition to provide for themselves as well as their children.