The Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS) obtains and transmits information about the location of any absent parent when that information is to be used for the purpose of enforcing child support. The service is an arm of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. The FPLS also can be used in connection with the enforcement or determination of child custody, visitation, and parental kidnapping. There are also state parent locator services in some states. Recent federal legislation (Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996) also expanded the FPLS`s services to include a National Directory of New Hires and a Federal Case Registry of Support Orders. FPLS will match data between the New Hire and Case Registry every two days and report matches to states within two days.
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