Western Intergovernmental Child Support Engagement Council
Dedicated to helping agencies create a better life for children and families
In 2019, nearly 1.5 million families were lifted out of poverty by child support and related programs. The unprecedented challenges and economic setbacks of 2020 have raised the stakes for parents and children across the country. Now more than ever, our work is critical to ensuring children’s basic needs are met so they can continue to grow and learn. To that end, Maximus partners with agencies across the nation to ensure that our services align with the evolving needs of the children, families, and employers we serve. From remote, no-contact, mobile app capabilities to expediting the right-sizing of orders and streamlining employer reporting, we are helping child support programs meet the challenges of 2020 and beyond.
Meet our team at WICSEC
How we help
We work with both parents to ensure children receive the financial and emotional support they need and deserve to thrive. With expertise across the full spectrum of child support services, we deliver best practices and innovations that empower our clients’ programs to achieve their ambitious goals. Just as importantly, our staff is as knowledgeable as they are compassionate – reassuring parents that we are on their side and here to help. We also partner with employers to ensure they comply with their child support reporting obligations – expediting the collection of support so important to children and families.
What we do
We understand that the child support process can be daunting to parents. That’s why we work hard to make it as easy to understand and navigate as possible. From order initiation and paternity establishment through order modification and locate services, we provide a combination of personalized and self-service options, employing technology to communicate with parents using the methods they prefer. Our work with employers involves educating and guiding them through the new hire reporting process, as well as how to respond to income withholding and medical support orders.
Why we’re unique
As the national leader in child support services, Maximus serves as a trusted partner to state and county agencies across the nation. Our decades of experience translate to unmatched operational efficiencies, enhanced program performance, and the ability to provide families with the highest level of service. And because we operate other types of health and human services programs, we are uniquely positioned to connect parents to additional vital services they may need, including education and employment assistance as well as healthcare.
Helping parents and employers access critical services during this unprecedented time
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take its toll on families and businesses across America, Maximus is hard at work providing essential services to help ease the burden.
Virtual order modification
We designed our new virtual modification process (vMOD) to expedite the review and modification process for noncustodial parents who have lost their jobs and are receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The accelerated process allows parents to request modifications through your child support agency’s call center or website. Acting on behalf of your agency, Maximus can review each case, validate eligibility, conduct virtual meetings with parents, and move the case through the order modification process at an expedited rate. Working together, we can help parents who are struggling financially to access much-needed relief and avoid going into arrears.
vMOD is supported by the Maximus Child Support Mobile App. With features that include the ability to send and receive documents securely and track order modifications from start to finish, the app offers a convenient option that’s available 24-7. Parents can connect with their local child support office in a contact-free, virtual environment for enhanced safety and peace of mind as we weather the pandemic.Learn more about the app
Employer Services Portal
We make it easier than ever for employers to comply with child support reporting requirements through the Maximus Employer Services Portal, which includes an option for electronic national medical support notice (NMSN) processing. In addition to new hire reporting and income withholding order (IWO) processing, our innovative NMSN approach offers a vital opportunity to help children gain access to their parents’ private health insurance and medical care.Learn more about the portal
The pandemic has highlighted the unavoidable truth that technology is critical to program success – and outdated technology can significantly impede program impact. Maximus understands that modernizing child support computer systems represents a significant undertaking, and we have the expertise to guide you through the entire process. In stark contrast to tech vendors who have limited domain expertise or insights into the specific needs of child support stakeholders, we have an unmatched record of successful system implementations. From initial planning through system implementation, our team of seasoned professionals stands ready to help.Learn more
Delivering exceptional service across the full spectrum of child support programs
Maximus has served as a trusted partner to child support agencies large and small for the better part of three decades. Since 1992, we have worked diligently to earn a reputation for dedication to getting results and for delivering unparalleled service in helping families achieve and sustain financial independence. We offer a full range of child support services, including voluntary paternity and debt prevention programs, customer service contact centers, comprehensive operations management, program performance analytics, and lean program consulting services.Learn more