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Tennessee Child Support Employment and Parenting Program (TCSEPP) and the Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support (TPOPS) help non-custodial parents find ways to meet their financial obligations and reconnect with their children. Both programs are funded through contracts with the Tennessee Department of Human Services, Family Assistance & Child Support Division.


Navigating the child support system while looking for a job and establishing a healthy and strong relationship with their children is difficult for some parents. TCSEPP works closely with partnering agencies to provide non-custodial parents (NCPs) the help they need to overcome barriers in life. 

TCSEPP serves the following judicial districts:

Judicial District 4: Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier counties
Judicial District 5: Blount County
Judicial District 6: Knox County    
Judicial District 7: Anderson County
Judicial District 8: Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott and Union counties
Judicial District 9: Loudon, Meigs, Morgan and Roane counties
Judicial District 10:  Bradley, McMinn, Monroe, and Polk counties
Judicial District 13: Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties

Who does TCSEPP help?

If you have been ordered to pay child support in a county covered by TCSEPP and you are ready to get help to overcome barriers and find a job, then you are eligible for TCSEPP support.

How does TCSEPP help?

  • Employment preparation, job search assistance, and job readiness assistance
  • Referrals to outside agencies
  • Transportation assistance and supportive services

What happens when TCSEPP helps?

  • TCSEPP helps unemployed and underemployed NCPs overcome employment barriers, empowering them to better meet their child support obligations and develop stronger relationships with their children.
  • Participants are more likely to pay more of their child support and meet a greater portion of their child support obligations in the 12 months after program participation when compared to the 12 months prior to program participation.


TPOPS is designed to reduce recidivism among inmates in two East Tennessee prisons: Morgan County Correctional Complex and Northeast Correctional Complex. Coordinators offer parental support and child support case management during incarceration and after their release from prison.

The main goals of TPOPS include: 

  • Helping incarcerated parents understand their rights and responsibilities to better assist them in becoming a part of their children’s lives. 
  • Helping break the cycle of children of incarcerated parents entering prison. 
  • Making referrals to community-based service providers who offer the resources needed to ensure successful re-entry, such as physical/mental health and employment assistance.
  • Ensuring that the incarcerated parent has knowledge of the responsibilities for their children’s financial well-being by helping them understand their child support orders and the importance of consistent child support payments and review cases to see if changes, updates or modifications are needed.

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