Child Care and Related Issues

Learn about child care and special child care circumstances.

Adoption and Foster Care

Browse the National Foster Care and Adoption Directory to view adoption and foster care resources by state. You may also search the directory using keywords.

Additional information can be found at the following links:

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Child Support Enforcement

To get help with child support, contact your state or local child support agency. If you cannot resolve your child support issue with your local agency, view information from the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) on how to resolve your problem


Report a Noncustodial Parent

If you know the location of a noncustodial parent and which state the child support case is in, e-mail that information to

Child Support Enforcement Abroad

If you have questions about child support from/to someone in a foreign country, you may search the OCSE's international resources to see if there is a state or national agreement with the country in question. If you need further help, you may e-mail your international child support questions to

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Find and Select Child Care

Children's healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences when they are very young. You may choose to have a caregiver come to your home, send your child to a caregiver's home, or send your child to a child care center. It's important to find the best solution for you and your family. The following resources provide information on selecting a child care provider and finding programs in your area:

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Help for Children Living with Relatives

Kinship care refers to help given to a child who lives outside of his or her own home, either temporarily or on a long-term basis. Through kinship care, children live with a relative instead of their parents.

Benefits and Assistance

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Help for Runaway and Homeless Youth

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) works to help keep America's runaway and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

Call the NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) if you are:

  • A teenager who is thinking of running away from home.
  • A friend or family member of someone who has run away and are looking for help.
  • A runaway ready to go home through the Home Free program.
  • In need of information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running away from home.

If you aren't ready to call, visit the NRS website to live chat, e-mail the crisis center, or post to the bulletin board.

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