Regarding the FOIA requests:
The problem is NOT so much in actually getting the information delivered from county agent...
The problem is in HOW to start contacting all of the people, once you get the information...
You will be provided, for each "child support obligor" (i.e., noncustodial parent), with at least the person's full name, last known address, and last known telephone number. You *may* also be provided with last known employment address and/or phone number.
However, even many of the smaller counties in this country still have **thousands** of Title IV-D "obligors" in their child support database, which 95-99% should be in electronic form by now (as has been required by the federal OCSE [Office of Child Support Enforcement] for several years...).
The larger counties in this country will have **tens of thousands** of Title IV-D obligors in their child support database.
Again, you will receive thousands and thousands of contact information records. You will never be able to contact all of these noncustodial parents by yourself, whether by calling, writing, visiting door-to-door, or even doing Internet searches trying to locate new telephone numbers and addresses for people listed (like, at
Since there is no reason for **multiple** people to inundate any one particular county with several FOIA requests for the exact same information dump, the suggested start of organization is to volunteer to "handle" the FOIA request for a given county (like, your county...), by becoming a "county coordinator". Please feel free to contact our coordinator for your state (see, and "register" yourself for handling the FOIA request for a certain county, or maybe a couple of counties... One of the state Directors can help coordinate this process, so that it does not get redundant, wasteful, and basically crazy! If there is any leadership openings for *your* state yet, please volunteer!
For many of you, simply start by filing your FOIA requests with a couple/few of your local counties. Once you start receiving back the information, then begin spreading the word, and enlisting those you have contacted to help you spread the word. It's like the old Calgon commercial slogan from years ago: "I told two friends, and they told two friends, and so on, and so on..."
With only 20 days allowed for the state (county) Title IV-D agents (i.e., federal agents, that's why the FOIA works!), and with some diligent amount of initial phone calls, a realistic 70-80% of this nation's noncustodial parents (i.e., 70-80% of some 25 million noncustodials!!) can be awakened to support our collective causes, and actually win this war, within a matter of only several weeks!!!
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You may also download this official 30-some page FOIA manual, in Adobe PDF format, obtained from govt sources:
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(A) locate the name and address of the person in charge of administering Title IV-D in your county. This person, whomever it is, actually has a federal agent ID#. See this webpage for an example of the people responsible in the Indiana counties. Their federal agent ID#s are on the left side of this page:
Here is the official start page, from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, to help you locate your own county's information (starting at the state level, drill down to find your own county information somewhere on that next website):
Put their name, address, etc. at the top, substituting in the template where indicated.
(B) change the bottom of the template per your name, address, phone, and email... Remember, you want to provide that person with every way to contact you, so as to facilitate the process for receiving the information as fast as possible.
(C) put your certified mail number on the top of the FOIA request, so they know they are being tracked for the record.
It is very highly recommended that you send your FOIA request by certified mail, return receipt requested, so that you have your proof of mailing, your proof of their receipt, and etc.... you may need this later, if they try to delay, refuse, or etc... The envelope containing the written request should be marked `Freedom of Information Act Request' in the lower left-hand corner.
When you get the information, just start your local network, by beginning to contact (almost exclusively by phone, or maybe email if you get 'em) the "obligors" in your data dump provided by your friendly county Title IV-D agent.
The CORE MESSAGE to spread to every NCP: they must learn that the basic, instinctive, common sense that they had already suspected about their own "custodial/noncustodial" roles are, in fact, the actual USSC law (and, which law the state court judges routinely violate every day of the week, all over the country) - that they **already** had custody of each of their children from the moment of births, and, unless the state court judge already found them "unfit" to parent - first, and only by "clear and convincing" evidence (i.e., the same level of proof that it takes the state to bring criminal abuse and neglect charges against them... i.e., only serious child neglect and/or child abuse qualifies to establish "unfitness"...) - then the state court judge unlawfully and unconstitutionally **took away** their preexisting custody, without establishing the USSC-demanded due process prior to doing that (doing the taking away of their equal, preexisting share of custody to their children)... this is well over 50 years (actually, now more like 75+ years) of rock-solid, consistent rulings made by the United States Supreme Court... and every state court judge is bound to follow that law, and *must* obey that law, or that state court judge is acting in violation of the US Constitution!!
In most probably 98%, or more, of the custody "decisions" made by state court judges in this country, it was done wrong, unlawfully, and unconstitutionally... It was (legally, constitutionally) **never** about which parent would get AWARDED custody of the children (because, legally, BOTH parents *already* HAD custody)... The state court judge simply TOOK AWAY custody of only one parent or the other (i.e., committing gender discrimination, and violation of equal protection), and did it **without** the constitutionally-required "clear and convincing" evidence findings of parental unfitness... or even, in almost all custody cases in this country - without even any suggestions of parental unfitness, at all!!
THIS is the core message that must be spread out to the masses, as fast as can be humanly done, for therein lies the base of the horrific nightmare that continues across this country... simply because 98% of the people, the lawyers, and even the judges themselves do not know the real law... and have just been accepting and "doing it the way it's always been done"... because they all thought/think it is about a he-said/she-said game to get *awarded* custody... wrong!!

Another great way to contact many NCPs:
Almost every county newspaper in this country has it's own local "legal" or "court" section(s). Typically, these sections list names of people (the parties) involved in the past week's divorce, marriage separation, paternity, child support, protective order, and etc. cases handled by the county's courts recently.
Even **better** - most county newspapers now have their weekly/biweekly/whatever newspapers ONLINE, and here is a GREAT way to see a complete list on links to every county newspaper in your state: (substitute yourstate for "indiana" in the preceding link, or, if your statename is either one of the longer statenames, use the 1st 4 characters, like "conn" for connecticut, or "newhamp" for New Hampshire... or, simply go to the main webpage,, and choose your state in the drop-down list, and click the Go! button next to Newspapers, Television, Radio Links for every State (about a few inches down on that page).
Almost every single one of these county court cases involves a "noncustodial" parent who is being victimized unlawfully in one way or another. If only these NCPs knew there were channels of support online!!!
READ your local county newspaper(s) EVERY WEEK, and contact them!!!
(again, if you don't have a local phone book, just use

If they do refuse/decline, they are in very serious trouble, because there are no applicable exemptions under the law for them to try and use to keep you from having the information. However, it is expected that a few counties will, in fact, balk at the very prospect, so we will be providing more detailed information on THIS PAGE in the near future (i.e., at about that time range, to be available if needed), for how to deal with that. There are two appeal processes: (1) a formal appeal letter, addressed to the head of the "agency", which, in this case, will actually be the same person or persons that you filed the initial FOIA request with; and, (2) a federal lawsuit to compel them to "give it up", as the law mandates. There are very serious penalties for non-compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, including damages ($$$) in some cases, and so it is really not very likely that many counties will refuse or delay in complying with the law.
You are correct in your thinking that if they try to deny the FOIA requests, that they are simply out of their minds - (1) they ARE federal agents, with even an actual federal agent ID #, (2) they give out this same information - and even more private information - to various private C$ collection firms, and to private attorneys, and similar persons/entities, and not **only** do they distribute this same information for **free** to these other types of **private** persons and entities, but they actually sometimes **pay the recipients** to receive that same information and do their "collection" work for them, and, of course, charging us poor taxpayers for the privilege to boot!!, (3) they post various and similar personal information on "most wanted" NCPs on public billboards, in newspapers, and also on their own websites, and (4) none of it matters, anyway, because federal law trumps anything that they want to try and "suggest" regarding denials of these requests ostensibly under "state law", or "local rules", or any other irrelevant nonsense...
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If you received a denial letter, check first to see if he/she/they included *anything* they were required to include by federal law, like what federal (federal, not state!!) law exceptions under the FOIA they are claiming to support their attempt at denial, who is in charge at their end, providing you with specific appeal instructions, and etc., etc., as per the original FOIA request template located farther up on this webpage. You should be able to copy and use the majority of this example appeal letter in your action.
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More information on using this FOIA:
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions or three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court.
Under the FOIA, you may request and receive a copy of any record that is contained within any federal agency’s files and is not covered by one of the exemptions or exclusions, which are listed just below for reference.
The exemptions cover:
(1) classified national defense and foreign relations information,
(2) internal agency rules and practices,
(3) information that is prohibited from disclosure by another law,
(4) trade secrets and other confidential business information,
(5) inter-agency or intra-agency communications that are protected by legal privileges,
(6) information involving matters of personal privacy,
(7) certain information compiled for law enforcement purposes,
(8) information relating to the supervision of financial institutions, and
(9) geological information on wells.
The three exclusions, which are rarely used, pertain to especially sensitive law enforcement and national security matters.
In 1996, Congress revised the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by passing the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments (E-FOIA). The E-FOIA amendments provide for public access to information in an electronic format and for the establishment of electronic FOIA reading rooms through agency FOIA sites on the Internet. The primary source of FOIA-related information on the Internet is the Justice Department’s FOIA website (, which contains links to the FOIA websites of other federal agencies.
When you make a FOIA request, you must describe the records that you want as clearly and specifically as possible. If the agency cannot identify and locate records that you have requested with a reasonable amount of effort, it will not be able to assist you. While agencies strive to handle all FOIA requests in a customer-friendly fashion, the FOIA does not require them to do research for you, analyze data, answer written questions, or in any other way create records in order to respond to a request.
There is no one office of the federal government that handles all FOIA requests. Each FOIA request must be made to the particular agency that has the records that you want.
For the quickest possible handling, mark both your letter and the envelope “Freedom of Information Act Request.”
As a general rule, FOIA requesters are not required to state the reasons why they are making their requests.
If you request records that already exist in an electronic format, the FOIA requires agencies in almost all cases to provide these records to you in that same format, if that is what you prefer.
For noncommercial requests, agencies will not charge for the first two hours of search time or for the first 100 pages of document copying. Agencies also will not charge if the total cost is minimal. An agency should notify you before proceeding with a request that will involve large fees, unless your request letter already states your willingness to pay fees as large as that amount. If fees are charged, you may request a waiver of those fees if you can show that the records, when disclosed to you, will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the operations or activities of the government.
In order to appeal a denial, promptly send a letter to the agency. Most agencies require that appeals be made within 30 to 60 days after you receive notification of a denial. The denial letter should tell you the office to which your appeal letter should be addressed. For the quickest possible handling, you should mark both your request letter and the envelope “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.”
Simply ask the agency to review your FOIA request and its denial decision. It is a good idea also to give your reason(s) for believing that the denial was wrong. Be sure to refer to any pertinent communications you have had with the agency on the request and include any number the agency may have assigned to your request. Under the FOIA, the agency has 20 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays) to decide your appeal. Under certain circumstances, it may also take an extension of up to 10 working days.
If the agency denies your appeal, or does not respond within the statutory time period, you may take the matter to court. You can file a FOIA lawsuit in the U.S. District Court where you live, where you have your principal place of business, where the documents are kept, or in the District of Columbia. In court, the agency will have to prove that any withheld information is covered by one of the exemptions listed in the law.
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Alabama        (205) 242-9300      Montana        (406) 444-4614
Alaska         (907) 276-3441      Nebraska       (402) 471-9125
Arizona        (602) 252-0236      Nevada         (702) 687-4744
Arkansas       (501) 682-8398      New Hampshire  (603) 271-4426
California     (916) 654-1556      New Jersey     (609) 588-2361
Colorado       (303) 866-5994      New Mexico     (505) 827-7200
Connecticut    (203) 566-3053      New York       (518) 474-9081             
Delaware       (302) 577-4863      North Carolina (919) 571-4120
DC             (202) 724-8800      North Dakota   (701) 224-3582
Florida        (904) 488-9900      Ohio           (614) 752-6561              
Georgia        (404) 657-3851      Oklahoma       (405) 522-5871
Guam           (671) 475-3360      Oregon         (503) 986-2417
Hawaii         (808) 587-3700      Pennsylvania   (717) 787-3672
Idaho          (208) 334-5710      Puerto Rico    (809) 722-4731            
Illinois       (217) 782-8768      Rhode Island   (401) 277-2409 
Indiana        (317) 232-4894      South Carolina (803) 737-5870              
Iowa           (515) 281-5580      South Dakota   (605) 773-3641
Kansas         (913) 296-3237      Tennessee      (615) 741-1820
Kentucky       (502) 564-2285      Texas          (512) 463-2181
Louisiana      (504) 342-4780      Utah           (801) 538-4400
Maine          (207) 287-2886      Vermont        (802) 241-2319          
Maryland       (410) 333-3979      Virgin Islands (809) 774-5666
Massachusetts  (617) 727-4200      Virginia       (804) 692-2458
Michigan       (517) 373-7570      Washington     (206) 586-3162
Minnesota      (612) 296-2542      West Virginia  (304) 558-3780
Mississippi    (601) 359-4500      Wisconsin      (608) 266-9909             
Missouri       (314) 751-4301      Wyoming        (307) 777-6948              
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bare listing of all states' counties:
Census Bureau demographics per county
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Mr. Torm Howse, National Board Director
United Civil Rights Councils of America