TCSEPP / TPOPS
SWORPS helps non-custodial parents find ways to meet their financial obligations and reconnect with their children through two programs: the Tennessee Child Support Employment and Parenting Program (TCSEPP) and the Tennessee Partnership for Ongoing Parental Support (TPOPS). 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 supports non-custodial parents in Knox, Sevier, Grainger, Cocke, and Jefferson counties who are seriously interested in finding and maintaining employment and developing strong relationships with their children.
How do we help?
- By providing interactive discussions that support and encourage our clients.
- By encouraging positive visitation time with children and offering suggestions and support to obtain that goal.
- By offering assistance with understanding the child support system and helping clients find answers to their questions.
- By helping with individualized job search training, including assistance with resume writing, developing a job portfolio, interview preparation, job leads, and computer help .
- By addressing barriers, including lack of job skills and/or education, substance abuse, housing and transportation issues, and mental/physical health problems.
How does the community help?
- By providing resources to program participants.
- By opening doors to community experiences.
- By offering support, guidance, and mentoring to non-custodial parents.
- By imparting expertise in job preparation training.
- By making job opportunities available to people with unique barriers.
TPOPS is a partnership effort designed to reduce recidivism among inmates located at the Morgan County Correctional Facility in East Tennessee. The program helps incarcerated non-custodial parents know their rights and responsibilities and become a part of their children’s lives. The main goal of TPOPS is to help inmates and former inmates who are parents reconnect with their children by making referrals to community-based service providers who offer the needed resources.
Other Goals Include:
- Ensuring that the incarcerated parent has knowledge of the responsibilities for their children’s financial well-being.
- Connecting parents re-entering their local community with resources and family advocacy services.
- Helping parents maintain employment once they have re-entered the community.
- Establishing steady and long-term child support payments.
- Reconnecting parents and children whenever it is in the child’s best interest.
- Helping break the cycle of children of incarcerated parents entering prison.
Our coordinators serve their clients in a myriad of ways, some of which include; helping parents understand basic information about their child support case, reviewing their case with them to see if any changes or updates are required, determining if they are eligible for a modification to their child support order, and offering support upon their release from prison.