County Teams Up to Help Non-paying Child Service Parents with Work

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Gustavo A. Roman (left), Director of the Department of Child Support Services and Miguel Figueroa (right), Director of the County of Imperial Workforce Development Office pose for a photo during the MOU signing on Thursday morning.
Gustavo A. Roman (left), Director of the Department of Child Support Services and Miguel Figueroa (right), Director of the County of Imperial Workforce Development Office pose for a photo during the MOU signing Thursday morning.

EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) and the Imperial County Workforce Development Office collaborated together to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Thursday morning at the Imperial County DCSS Office.

“Today I believe both the Department of Child Support Services as well as the Workforce Development Office have embarked in a new approach that will seek to provide job skills, training, education, and job placement to those parents that we will identify from Child Support Services who have either not paid or inconsistently paid. We want to provide them with hopefully permanent employment and then they can be in a position to support their children and their families,” explained Gustavo A. Roman, Director of the Department of Child Support Services.

In conjunction with Child Support Awareness Month, the two offices signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will serve mutual clients in need of career and employment services.

The MOU is a collaborative project that was created to provide child support participants with career and employment services in order to create greater employment opportunities for them. This would then in turn allow them to provide financially for their children. No specific name has been given to the project thus far due to the variety of population from the caseload both offices have to examine through.

“We want to be able to help them, assist them in becoming employable,” said Roman. “We want to help them get a job and hopefully being a permanent job that way they will have an opportunity to be in position to have the necessary skills to remain employed.”