About Us

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement came into existence on January 4, 1975, under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. This law enabled California to form a department within Health and Human Services to assist parents with collection of child support payments and obtain health insurance for their children.

Tulare County Department of Child Support Services (TCDCSS) goal is to collect and distribute child support. TCDCSS is 66% federally funded and 34% state funded. None of the funding is provided by the county; however, services are administered by the County. Most child support services provided are free.

TCDCSS establishes paternity, locates missing parents, establishes and modifies support orders, enforces orders by collecting and distributing support payments, maintains accounting records for money owed and distributed, establishes and enforces medical, dental and vision care and has a family law facilitator available.

Mission Statement

Enrich our community by partnering with parents to obtain accurate child support orders to assist families
in meeting medical and financial needs.

Vision Statement

Educate and empower families with the knowledge and resources to promote the well-being of children.

 We Value...

  •  Teamwork
  •  Reliability
  •  Understanding
  •  Supportive community outreach
  •  Transparency