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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.

FREE Virtual Workshop: Debt Reduction Program 💵- New!!

Learn how you can reduce your child support debt!!!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, August 19th, 2021, at 10:00 am!

We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring the new Debt Reduction Program and will share who may qualify and how to apply!

Thursday, August 19th, 2021 - Live at 10:00 am

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FREE Virtual Workshop: Featuring Supervisor Chuck Washington's 3rd District Staff!

Learn how the Supervisors Office can assist you with the helpful resources they offer!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, August 4th, 2021, at 10:00 am!

We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring the Supervisor Chuck Washingtons Staff who will share the many resources offered by his office to constituents!

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Coffee Break Podcast S3:E8 | RCOE Language and Literacy

Special Guest Dr Molly McCabe from Riverside County Office of Education

Join us on this coffee break podcast and meet Dr. Molly McCabe, from the Riverside County Office of Education, as she shares with us the importance of fostering language and literacy in our children. Don't miss out on the amazing information and resources mentioned. Click on the article's title and find out more!

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💵Was your SBA small business loan denied due to Child Support? Call Us!

If you have received a notice from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) denying your request for a small business loan because of child support delinquency and believe this to be in error, please contact our office at 1-866-901-3212. 

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🟤🟤Double Espresso Shot S3:E7- County Supervisor Chuck Washington

Meet District 3's County Supervisor!

Welcome to Season 3 Episode 7 of Riverside County Department of Child Support Services Coffee Break Podcast with our Host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations “all things related to child support and more”. Enjoy this episode with our Special Guest Supervisor Chuck Washington from the 3rd District of Riverside County. Supervisor Washington will discuss what is going on in District 3, Riverside County, what is his role, and how he got to where he is today.  This episode is a "Double Espresso Shot”, just a little bit longer than a single espresso shot, and packing an even greater punch, it is rich, and it is definitely full! Don't miss out on this exciting episode! 

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☕🥄 Coffee Break Podcast: Diversity, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusion!

with special guest Sahar Andrade of Sahar Consulting LLC

Welcome to RivCoDCSS Season 3 Episode 6 Coffee Break Podcast. Diversity, Unconscious Bias, and Inclusion – a Conversation between RivCoDCSS and Sahar Andrade with Host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations. Tune in and learn about this timeless and relevant topic and how this relates to child support, because at the core of our mission, as a public service agency is you our customer. Sahat explores expectations from both the agency and the public. 

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🏤RivCo DCSS Serving in our community @ Mecca FRC 8am-4:30pm

Mecca Community Family Resource Center: Every Wednesday 8am-4:30pm

Did you know we come to your community and assist with child support services? We will provide up-to-date on-site case assistance. If you have specific questions about your case or if you want to inquire about opening a case, come by and visit us! We are here to better serve you! 

 

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🏤RivCo DCSS Serving in our community @ Desert Hot Springs FRC 8am-4:30pm

Desert Hot Springs Family Resource Center: Every Wednesday 8am-4:30pm

Did you know we come to your community and assist with child support services? We will provide up-to-date on-site case assistance. If you have specific questions about your case or if you want to inquire about opening a case, come by and visit us! We are here to better serve you! 

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☕ A Coffee Break Podcast you dont want to miss! Timeshare, Custody & visitation!!

With Special guests Paola Castro Lead Deputy Attorney & also Family Law Facilitators

Welcome to RivCoDCSS Season 3 Episode 5 Coffee Break Podcast and “all things child support” with Host Nathan Hartel, Deputy Director of Programs and Operations. Our Special Guest today is Paola Castro, Lead Deputy Child Support Attorney, IV-S, and Family Law Facilitators, from the Riverside County Superior Court. The focus of this podcast is timeshare and custody. We will hear about what is the true connection between, custody, visitation, and timeshare in the world of Child Support. You don't want to miss this podcast, rich and frothy with key details about one of the most frequently asked topics. So sit back! grab your coffee or favorite drink and enjoy this coffee break podcast. Listen directly by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/E36n20C6P60

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