This topic contains information on the following subjects:
Once a noncustodial parent (NCP) has been in Locate for sixty (60) days, ACTS notifies the responsible SPLS worker, so that worker can check Locate sources that are not readily available to the local CSS caseworker (such as credit bureaus or the IRS 1099 Project.) Local caseworkers can also contact SPLS workers when they require Locate or asset resource information for other NCPs.
If not enough information is available for the SPLS worker to perform Locate activities for an NCP, the SPLS worker advises the responsible local caseworker(s) that SPLS could not perform any further Locate activities for the NCP in their case(s).
SPLS has access to the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS), which is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). SPLS can accept requests from the following sources to use FPLS for the location of noncustodial parents (NCPs):
1. Any state or local agency or official seeking to collect child and spousal support, or medical support obligations, under the State Plan;
2. A court that has authority to issue an order against an NCP for the support and maintenance of a child, OR any agency of such court;
3. The resident parent, legal guardian, attorney, or agent of a child who is not receiving Public Assistance (PA); or
4. Persons authorized to use FPLS in parental kidnapping and child custody cases (see "Services for Parental Kidnapping/Child Custody Cases", which appears below.)
NOTE: The access fee charged by FPLS in NPA cases is paid by the state and is not charged to the custodial parent (CP).
If the local CSS agency receives a request to utilize FPLS by a Non-IV-D entity (such as those listed above), CSS should refer the request to the SPLS supervisor and note that the NCP’s SSN is required by the FPLS in order to access its sources. (This DOES NOT include requests for Non-TANF Locate Only Services.)
SPLS cannot research information for any noncustodial parents (NCPs) that do not have at least one of the following data elements in addition to their name and race:
SPLS workers enter any useful information that they find on the appropriate screens in ACTS and notify the responsible CSS caseworker of the new information.
If caseworkers have already made a referral to SPLS and later obtain additional information that might help in the search, they should advise the appropriate SPLS worker of the new information. Also, if the noncustodial parent (NCP) is found by the caseworker or through an automated interface after a referral is made to SPLS, the responsible caseworker should advise the SPLS worker of that fact.
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.