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Hospitals

The establishment of parentage is important to ensure that children receive equal rights and access to many benefits. In an effort to increase parentage establishment and its resulting benefits, the California Department of Social Services partners with licensed hospitals and clinics with birthing facilities through the Parentage Opportunity Program (POP). This voluntary in Facility program involves about 360 of California's licensed medical facilities including 14 in Riverside County.

The medical facility where a child is born is the best place to establish paternity as both parents are often available to receive information and immediately sign the Voluntary Declaration of Paternity (VDOP) at the time of the baby’s birth. It is a quick, easy, and free way for unmarried parents to create a legal connection between father and child(ren) and avoid the time-consuming, complicated, and costly process of establishing paternity later.


Pop Procedures

According to California Family Code Section 7571, all hospitals, clinics, or birthing centers must provide unmarried parents the opportunity to voluntarily acknowledge  paternity (parentage) upon the event of a live birth. Facilities must provide written information about paternity establishment to unmarried parents and provide the mother – birth parent and attempt to provide the father-other parent the opportunity to sign a Declaration of Paternity. Specifically, you should follow the following six steps:

1.  Provide an original (CS909) VDOP, paternity brochure (PUB 244), and the one-page information sheet (CS 910) to the unmarried mother and father (if available).

2.  Determine if the parents wish to complete the VDOP. The father’s name cannot be entered on the child’s birth certificate without a signed form.

3.  Ensure the form is completed correctly, legibly, and in black ink. Both parents must sign the form in front of a Authorized Witness staff member who must also sign his/her name.

4.  Distribute copies according to the form instructions within 10 days of signing. Please do not retain original, completed forms in your facility longer than 10 working days. We strongly recommend completed paternity declarations be sent to the CDSS-POP Unit every week.

Always use your three-digit agency code as part of the address.

Mail our copy with attached green copy to:
Attention: Admin. Accounting
2041 Iowa Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

Mail DCSS original to:
CDCSS
Paternity Opportunity Program
P. O. Box 419070
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9070

Each parent should be given a copy of the completed declaration (yellow and pink copies).

5.  Enter the father’s name on the child's birth certificate. If the declaration is not signed by the time the birth certificate is prepared in the hospital, parents must pay a fee to have the birth certificate amended to include the father's name. Amendment requests must include the following: Application to Amend A Birth Record-Acknowledgement of Paternity (VS 22); a legible copy of the completed Declaration of Paternity, which has been witnessed or notarized; and a $20.00 payment. These items should be sent to:

State Office of Vital Records
P.O. Box 73021
Sacramento, CA 94244-0241

6.  Receive $10 payment (if eligible) for each completed Declaration of Paternity form filed with the birth certificate in accordance to the agreement on file with our office.

New Verbiage - Gender Pronouns

  • Mother = Birth Parent
  • Father = Other Parent

Voluntary Declaration of Parentage (VDOP) (DCSS 0909)

  • Unmarried couples
  • Mother conceived through assisted reproduction
  • Minor parent – 60 days after signatories turn 18 or emancipate
  • Free of charge – LCSAs, prenatal clinics, registrars of birth, courts, county welfare departments

Eligibility (FC § 7573 (a))

  • An unmarried birth parent who gave birth to the child and another person who is the genetic father.
  • A married or unmarried birth parent who gave birth to the child and another intended parent of a child conceived through assisted reproduction.

📅 We are Open Saturday May 15th!-Virtual Appointment Only

Be sure to get your Virtual Appointment Soon!

We are here to help! On Saturday, May 15th, 2021, we will be open virtually from 8:00 am -12:00 pm. Questions about applying for child support? Do you want to establish or modify your current child support order? Do you owe child support? We can help! 

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FREE Virtual WorkShop! Learn about the visitation calculator

The time you spend with your child can affect how much you pay in support!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, May 20th, 2021, at 2 pm! We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring special guest Paola Castro, Department of Child Support, Deputy Attorney IV-S! & Superior Court Family Law Facilitators. 

We know that for some of you, the need for financial support for your children has increased. Many parents are experiencing the financial hardship of lost wages and worrying about the penalties for missed payments. This workshop can help you find some resources that may help! 

Tune in for more information! The virtual workshop will go live on our Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/RCDCSS/)

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☕ Just Brewed! Coffee Break Episode 4 Featuring DPSS

With your host Nathan Hartel & Special Guests: Department of Public Social Services

Welcome to RivCoDCSS Season 3 Episode 4 Coffee Break Podcast and “all things child support” with Host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations. Special Guest today is Marivel Castaneda, Sr. Program Specialist, and Alisa Smith, Supervising Employment Services Counselor from our Community Partner, Department of Social Services (DPSS). The focus of this podcast is the self-sufficiency programs offered by DPSS, including the Welfare to Work Program.

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☕ Coffee Breaks Episode 3 with Special Guest First 5 Riverside!!!

with your host Deputy Director Nathan Hartel

It’s here! RivCoDCS’S Coffee Break Podcast, Episode 3 in our 3rd Seasons installment with our host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations. In this podcast, we have Special Guest Tammi Graham, Executive Director for our community partner First 5 Riverside. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax, and listen to the podcast on our website, YouTube or subscribe to your podcast client! If you’ve never heard of First 5 you will be pleasantly surprised by their resources! 

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More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments Available for Riverside County Residents

Participants must register and have an appointment to get vaccinated

Riverside County residents who qualify are being encouraged to make an appointment to get their COVID-19 vaccination by signing up through the Riverside University Health System-Public Health website.
Hundreds of appointments are available through Friday at the four county-run clinics and those operated by Curative and OptumServe in Riverside County. Click on title for more information.

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Board of Supervisors Appoint New Health Officer

Riverside County News Release

During yesterday's closed session meeting, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors appointed Dr. Geoffrey Leung as the county’s new health officer, effective immediately.
Dr. Leung has been an integral member of the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past year. Most recently, Dr. Leung has led the county’s Incident Management Team for the Riverside County vaccine rollout since December.

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Coffee Break's Episode 2 with Special Guest DPSS! Available Now! ☕

listen to our Expresso Shot! with Nathan Hartel & Department of Public Social Service (DPSS)

RivCoDCSS Coffee Break Podcast Season 3, Episode 2 with our host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations is available now! This episode is an “Espresso Shot”, quick, over fast, but full of flavor and packs a punch! Information is shared about the RivCoDCSS helpful resource page and a new Job and Career Resource page.  Upcoming events are discussed!  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and listen to the podcast on our website, youtube or subscribe on your podcast client! It’s an episode not to miss! 

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Coffee Break Podcast! New Season 3 is Here!

with Nathan Hartel

Riverside County Department of Child Support Services (RivCoDCSS) Season 3 will focus on our Community Partners and the Resources available to Riverside County residents. These Community Partners have the same ideals and commitment as RivCoDCSS to serve our clients and the community.

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New Services Fees

https://childsupport.ca.gov/servicefees/

Starting in February 2021, all credit and debit card transactions will include a service fee. You have four (4) options to make a payment with your credit or debit card.

Online:

  • Credit and debit cards processed online will charge a 1.9% service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • Make an online payment now.

By phone:

  • Credit and debit cards processed over the phone will charge a 1.9% service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • Make a payment over the phone now at 1-866-901-3212 and select Option 1.

At your local child support agency:

  • Credit and debit cards processed through an automated payment kiosk will charge a 2.2% service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • To find out if your county has an automated payment kiosk available, check the listing on our Find A Local Office page. 

With PayPal:

  • There is a 2.49% ($3.95 minimum) service fee on every transaction. This fee is paid to the card processor and is not kept by Child Support Services.
  • You will need your Participant ID number and a PayPal account.
  • Make a PayPal payment now.
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COVID-19 Updates

Get up to date information regarding COVID-19 changes. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, California Child Support Services realizes the impact this is likely to have on case participants.  We know that for some of you, the need for financial support for your children will continue or increase. Paying parents may be experiencing the financial hardship of lost wages and worrying about the penalties for missed payments.

For up to date information, click here:

http://www.childsupport.ca.gov/covid-19-updates

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