Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1991, Ponca City, OK 74602
Physical Address: 198 White Eagle Drive
Phone: (580) 765-2822
Toll free: (866) 721-1970
Fax: (580) 762-6868
“Ponca Tribal Child Support Services recognizes that our children are our most fundamental asset to the continued way of life and integrity of the Ponca Nation. CSS is dedicated to providing our children assistance in obtaining support through locating parents, establishing paternity and support obligations, and enforcing those obligations. Through the complete delivery of these services, we are upholding sovereignty and reaffirming the integrity of our Nation by assisting families in achieving self-sufficiency.”
On April 1, 2006, the Ponca Tribe was awarded a two-year start-up grant from the DHHS to establish a tribal child support office. On July 1, 2008, the tribe successfully completed the 14 requirements necessary to begin operating a child support program and was awarded comprehensive funding to offer full child support services to the community.
By providing a single agency under tribal jurisdiction for child support enforcement, Ponca children and families will benefit from increased stability and self-sufficiency. The Ponca Tribe recognizes that both parents must provide support for their children, and the child support services program can assist custodial parents or guardians by using local, tribal, state and federal sources in locating non-custodial parents who have an obligation to support their children.
Eligible families can also receive assistance in establishing new child support orders through tribal court, assist in the enforcement of court orders of the tribe and/or state agencies, assist in the modification of child support orders, review cases for compliance with the guidelines, and conduct genetic testing for the purpose of establishing paternity.
In addition to Ponca tribal members, Native American children who are members of or are eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe are eligible for services.
Families with a child support order from Ponca Tribal Court and parties that consent to the jurisdiction of the court are also eligible. In addition, any parties to a child support action may be eligible to receive services as well.
Goals of CSS:
Establish Paternity when necessary;Empower families to obtain self-sufficiency;Work in partnership with other tribal programs to ensure timely and efficient service;Establish and modify a child support order;Enforce a child support order;Locate absent parent
Strategies of CSS:
Operate an efficient, child-centered program;Motivate parents to meet the financial and emotional needs of their children;Treat both the custodial and non-custodial parent equally and keep both parents informed;Provide proactive case management to ensure regular payments of support and to reduce the number of cases in arrearages;Protect the confidentiality of personal information provided to CSS as required by law;Provide regular community outreach about CSS; andImplement effective locate procedures.