The Division of Child Support Services’ Delaware Fatherhood Program, with the support of the Division of Social Services, began referring parents to vendors who will assist them with employment and training, education and job search skills.

This program is available in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

“The goal is to help our customers obtain the education, job readiness and life skills to grow and become self-sufficient,” said Ted Mermigos, director of the Division of Child Support Services. “The time and energy our customers put into succeeding in the program will aid and support them in obtaining and sustaining long-term employment opportunities.”

Through the program, parents will have their needs assessed; receive support in seeking appropriate jobs; build contacts with potential employers; develop a job readiness plan; get application assistance; and develop improved interviewing and life skills.

If appropriate, referrals to budget management assistance, addiction and mental health treatment or domestic violence interventions are also available.

Customers who would like to participate in the Employment and Training Program or have questions can contact the Division of Child Support Services’ customer service unit from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays to speak with a child support specialist. In New Castle County, call 577-7171; in Kent County, call 739-8299; and in Sussex County, call 856-5386.

For more, visit dhss.delaware.gov/dcss.