Alternative Solutions

The Alternative Solutions Program is a statewide initiative within the Division of Child Support (DCS) aimed at helping parents toward self-sufficiency.

At DCS we put great value on the noncustodial parent’s role in our communities and with their families. While most parents pay their child support, others have trouble meeting their responsibility. Our well-rounded approach to child support services works as a bridge between community groups and the people they help; dealing with issues such as joblessness, housing, medical, legal issues, and transition from jail and prison. The Alternative Solutions Program links parents with government and community groups to increase their ability to get a job and be financially stable. 

When you take part in the Alternative Solutions Program your case worker will work with you to create an action plan for you that could:

• Work with local partners that can help with finding a job, training, housing, food, medical and legal resources,

• Help lower your monthly DCS payments or state-owed debt.

• Help with license suspension and other case actions.

With a database of over 3,500 community resources in the state, we can connect you to the services you need. 

To learn more about our program, read through our brochures for community partners and parents. If you think that you, or someone you are working with, may be a good fit for our program, email us at AlternativeSolutions@dshs.wa.gov or give us a call at 360-664-5028.