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7.2 State Parent Locator Service


Chapter Federal Authority
Locate
Social Security Act
§453 Federal parent locator service
§454(8) and (17) State plan for child and spousal support
§463 Use of Federal Parent Locator Service in connection with the enforcement or determination of child custody and in cases of parental kidnapping of a child
§466(a)(12) Requirement of statutorily prescribed procedures to improve the effectiveness of child support enforcement
45 CFR 302.35 State parent locator service
45 CFR 303.7 Provision of services in intergovernmental IV-D cases
45 CFR 303.15 Agreements to use the Federal Parent Locator Service (PLS) in parental kidnapping and child custody or visitation cases
45 CFR 303.69 Requests by agents or attorneys of the United States for information from the Federal Parent Locator Service (PLS)

Subject State Authority
State Parent Locator Service Wyo. Stat. §20-6-108 State parent locator service
Wyoming Child Support Enforcement Rules
 Chapter 4 General Services
Policy Number Effective Date
7.2 October 1, 2010

Overview

The State Parent Locator Service (SPLS) is a federally mandated service within the Wyoming CSE Program that processes requests from other IV-D agencies to locate parties involved in the IV-D program; others authorized to establish and enforce child support, custody, and visitation orders; parental kidnapping cases; and Department of Family Services (DFS) diligent searches.

In order to locate a party, the SPLS is authorized to access state and federal sources of information and records relevant to the location effort.  Safeguarding Child Support Information Guidelines provides the limitations of the release of information provided by the SPLS.

Policy

The Wyoming CSE Program established a SPLS in the State CSE Office. 

The Wyoming SPLS will handle all locate-only requests from: 

  • other intergovernmental agencies; 
  • authorized persons involved in child support, custody or visitation;
  • law enforcement officials involved in parental kidnapping cases; and
  • diligent search requests from DFS.

Other Intergovernmental Agencies

Upon receipt of a locate request from another intergovernmental agency, the Wyoming SPLS will review all appropriate Wyoming locate sources including IV-A, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Employment Security Commission.  The Wyoming SPLS will provide the other agency a written or electronic response including all mailing and residential addresses along with any possible employers.

Child Support, Custody and Visitation

In order for the Wyoming SPLS to proceed with a locate-only request in a child support, custody or visitation situation, several things need to occur.

  • The applicant in a
    • child support action will be a court with competent jurisdiction, the resident parent, legal guardian, attorney or agent of a child who is not receiving POWER.
    • custody and visitation case will be an authorized person – an agent or attorney licensed to practice law in Wyoming who has the duty or authority to enforce a child custody or visitation determination; or a court or agent of the court with jurisdiction to make or enforce a child custody or visitation determination.
  • The applicant will complete, sign, and date a Child Support Application (DFS Form 543) as described in 6.2 Intake - Application.
  • The applicant will also pay a $25 fee.  For more details, please see 5.2 Fees - Application Fee.
  • The application and fee will be mailed to the State CSE Office for processing.

Once received, the Wyoming SPLS will create a POSSE case, review all appropriate Wyoming locate sources along with the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) and provide a written response including any information to the applicant within 30 working days.

Parental Kidnapping

In the case of parental kidnapping, the “locate-only” application will be completed as outlined in 6.2 Intake - Application.  Upon receipt of the completed application and affidavit, the Wyoming SPLS will review all appropriate Wyoming locate sources along with the FPLS and provide a written response including any information to the applicant within 30 working days.

DFS Diligent Searches

In order to reduce the time it takes to locate missing parents for purposes of family reunification or termination of parental rights, the DFS Child Protective Services (CPS) may request locate services from the Wyoming  SPLS.  

Upon receipt of a standardized diligent search request form from CPS with at least a name and date of birth (DOB), the Wyoming SPLS will review all appropriate Wyoming locate sources along with the Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) and provide a written response including any information to CPS within 30 working days.

The information that may be disclosed with respect to a child or relative of a child involved in a IV-B or IV-E case is limited to the following:


  • Name;
  • Social Security Number;
  • Most recent address;
  • Employer’s name and address; and
  • Employer identification number.
Cross Reference

None

Version Number Last Revised Date
2 July 1, 2014