Child Support Access and Visitation Program

 In 1996 the Federal Government established the “Grants to States for Access and Visitation” program as a part of the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” (PRWORA).

The goal of the program is, “to enable States to establish and administer programs to support and facilitate noncustodial parent’s access to, and visitation of their children”.

Each year, States receive a grant based on a federally specified funding formula. In Arizona the Department of Economic Security’s Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) has been given the responsibility of administering the Access and Visitation Program.

Counties within the State may apply for a portion of the grant money, which in turn may then be used to provide services that are intended to help noncustodial parents improve access and visitation time with their children. View a listing of the participating Arizona Counties (128 KB PDF)

These services include:

  •  Mediation
  •  The Development of Parenting Plans
  •  Education
  •  Counseling
  •  Visitation Enforcement (including monitored and supervised visitation, and neutral drop-off and pick-up)
  •  The Development of Guidelines for Visitations and Alternative Custody Arrangements 

 DCSS responsibilities include: 

  •  Evaluating Grant Applications from interested parties.
  •  Distribution of Grant funds.
  •  Monitoring Grantee programs and activities
  •  Ensuring compliance with grant requirements.
  •  Federal reporting requirements

 If you would like more information regarding the Arizona Access and Visitation Program contact DCSS.

             Marjorie Cook
            Email: MCook@azdes.gov 

 For an overview of the Federal Access and Visitation Program, visit: 

              OCSE Access and Visitation Grants Information  External Link Icon 

 Visitation Rights:
DCSS represents neither party in establishing and/or modifying visitation (parental time) or custody rights. If either parent wishes to modify or enforce visitation (parental time) and/or custody they must seek legal counsel.

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