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The Department of Human ServicesOffice of Child Support Services is pleased to host the 4th Annual Child Support Conference entitled “ Child Support: Making a Difference” The mission of the Child Support program is to enhance the well being of children by assuring that assistance in obtaining support, including financial and medical, is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support obligations and monitoring and enforcing those obligations. OCSS is rising to the challenge of meeting our core mission during this difficult fiscal climate through reengineering of the workflow, redistribution of caseloads, making use of increased automation and the implementation of innovative new methods. OCSS continues to offer a safety net for families to maintain selfsufficiency. OCSS is proud that for federal fiscal year 2007, OCSS collected $76.5 million dollars, $58.5 million of which went directly to families. Please join us at the 4th Annual Conference to hear about the challenges and innovative new ways of meeting those challenges!

8:30AM to 9:00AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00AM to 9:15AM Sharon A Santilli, Esquire Associate Director Office of Child Support Services Honorable Jeremiah S Jeremiah, Jr. Chief Judge, Rhode Island Family Court Gary Alexander, Director Department of Human Services 9:15AM to 10:15AM 12:00PM to 1:00PM


1:00PM TO 1:50PM


The Role Of The Domestic Violence Advocate In Child Care Cases

Veronica Hobbs, Director Advocacy Services and Rural Outreach Women's Resource Center of Newport & Bristol Counties Mary Donnelly, Esquire Sr. Legal Counsel, OCSS


Administration for Children & Families Office of Child Support Enforcement 10:15AM to 10:30AM BREAK

Keynote Speaker: Commissioner Margot Bean

A Primer for DNA Analysis for Paternity

1:50PM TO 2:50PM

OCSS Accomplishments Five-year Strategic Plan

10:30AM to 11:30AM

Dr. George Mahar LABCORP Carol T Giliberto, Esquire Sr. Legal Counsel, OCSS


Sharon A. Santilli, Esquire Associate Director Office of Child Support Services

2:50PM TO 3:00PM DESSERT BREAK 3:00PM to 4:00pm

“KIDS” CARD Electronic Child Support Payments

11:30AM to 12:00 NOON

Tracey Ferrara, JP Morgan Chase Sharon Papa-Rowe, OCSS

Moderator: Frank DiBiase, Esquire Chief Legal Counsel, OCSS Panel: Magistrate Debra E DiSegna Steven Bagian, Esquire, RI Legal Services Paul Gould, Esquire, OCSS

A View From the Bench “Paternity Disestablishment”


Registration Form Name: ___________________ ORGANIZATION:
We are proud to welcome Margot Bean, Commissioner of the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. Commissioner Bean was appointed in July of 2005 to head the federal office. Prior to that, she served in the capacity of Child Support IV-D Director for New York and Guam.

State of Rhode Island


Department of Human Services Office of Child Support Services

Commissioner Bean will discuss the new Global Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other forms of Family Maintenance. She had the privilege of A $25.00 fee is required to cover the cost of the conference for all attendees. If you are registering as an Attorney for 3 CLE credits an additional fee of $10.00 is required for a total of $35.00. Please make your check payable to: signing the Convention on behalf of the Unites States on November 23, 2007 after five years of negotiation. The Convention assures financial support for children regardless of geographical boundaries. Commissioner Bean will also address some of the successes of the Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services.

4th Annual Child Support Conference “Child Support: MAKING A DIFFERENCE”


April 24, 2008 8:30AM to 4:00PM Radisson Airport Hotel 2081 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886 401-739-3000 FREE PARKING

Office of Child Support Services 77 Dorrance Street Providence, RI 02903 ATTN: Kevin Donnelly REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 11, 2008

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