Families Forward is a job training program to help non-custodial parents secure good paying jobs. A non-custodial parent is a parent who does not live with and is not the primary caretaker of a minor child. To qualify for Families Forward, the non-custodial parent must have earned less than $62,000 in the previous year and have a child support case with the New York City Office of Child Support Services (OCSS).
Training is offered for the following careers:
- Cable Installation
- Commercial Driving
- NYCHA Janitorial
After completing the full-time training program, you:
- Will receive help finding a job
- Will receive help managing your child support payments or financial issues
- May be eligible for a reduction of the child support debt you owe the government
You must be able to commit to an unpaid 35 to 40-hour-a-week training program for a number of weeks. The program meets Monday through Friday and the length of the training varies depending on the career track that you select.
The deadline to apply for Families Forward is May 31, 2022. You must attend an orientation session before you can apply for Families Forward. The last orientation session will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.
To register for an orientation session, send an email to FFD@dfa.state.ny.us no later than Tuesday, May 3, 2022. In the email, please include the following information:
- First and last Name
- Phone number
- OCSS Case ID number
You can get more information about the program: