Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs

To enable States to create programs which support and facilitate access and visitation by non-custodial parents with their children.

Activities may include mediation, counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement and development of guidelines for visitation and
alternative custody arrangements.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Human Services, Iowa Department Of $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Agriculture, Kansas Department Of $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Health And Human Services, New Hampshire Dept Of $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Social Services, South Carolina Department Of $ 146,334   2021-10-012023-09-30
Government Of Guam- Department Of Administration $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Public Health And Human Services, Montana Department Of $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Children, Youth And Families, New Mexico Department Of $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30
Temporary & Disability Assistance, New York Office Of $ 450,150   2021-10-012023-09-30
Massachusetts Department Of Revenue $ 149,309   2021-10-012023-09-30
Public Safety, South Dakota Department Of $ 100,000   2021-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: OCSE awarded 54 grants in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: OCSE awarded 54 grants in 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: OCSE anticipates 54 grants in FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

A State to which a grant is made under this section may not use the grant to supplant expenditures by the State for allowable activities, but shall use the grant to supplement such expenditures at a level at least equal to the level of such expenditures for fiscal year 1995.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Custodial and non-custodial parents.


The Governors have designated a single State agency to represent the State in carrying out this responsibility. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are submitted every three years using the standard application form, as furnished by the Department of Health and Human Services. Application kits which contain the prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the access and visitation grant program are available from: The Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, 5th Floor, 330 C. Street, SW., Washington DC 20201.

Award Procedures

Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award. This provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period, and the total grantee participation.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Social Security Act, Title IV, Part D, Section 469B, Public Law 104-193.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 days.


Governed by 45 CFR Part 16 - 'Procedures of the Department Grant Appeals Board'.


Extensions and continuations of grants are not available.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. 10 percent of the total award. The award amount is based on the number of children in a State living with one biological parent as determined by the Census Bureau. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are awarded for a two-year project period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual reports are required.

Reports are required.

Annual progress reports are required.

Annual expenditure reports are required by Section 303.109.

Monitoring is done when the progress reports are reviewed for accuracy and completeness.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant number and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $10,000,000; FY 17 est $10,000,000; and FY 18 est $10,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The amount of funding provided to each grantee is based on an allocation formula with a designated minimum amount provided in statute.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Grants Administration Policies and Application kits may be obtained from: Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, 5th Floor, 330 C. Street S.W., Washington DC 20201.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office

Michelle Jadczak 330 C. Street S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202 401-4578

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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