The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) required that states adopt laws to establish a simplified civil process for parents to voluntarily acknowledge the paternity of children who are born to unwed parents.
Operating under the Department of Economic Security’s Division of Child Support Services (DCSS), The Hospital Paternity Program (HPP) is responsible for Arizona’s voluntary paternity programs and initiatives.
Arizona’s Voluntary Paternity Program is a collaborative effort between the Hospital Paternity Program and Arizona’s Hospitals/Birthing Entities to provide paternity establishment services for unmarried couples immediately following the birth of their child.
By submitting an Acknowledgment of Paternity affidavit, you can legally establish paternity. This allows parents to give their children the opportunity to benefit from:
- Social Security and other Government Programs
- Health and Life Insurance
- Medical history for both sides of the family
- Survivor’s Benefits
- Having both parents involved in their daily lives
HPP provides a wide variety of service to individuals; hospitals, and midwives. Also, a growing number of schools, groups, agencies, and other organizations through various different outreach programs and efforts. We provide:
- Information on Paternity Processes and Procedures
- Paternity Presentations and Workshops
- Information on Benefits, Rights, and Responsibilities
- Information about Child Support for New Parents
- Training for Hospitals and Birthing Center Personnel
- Pamphlets and other information on Child Support Services
- Information on Genetic Testing
If you would like further information about the Voluntary Paternity Program, you can contact:
The Hospital Paternity Program: 602-771-8181
Toll Free: 1-800-485-6908
Email at [email protected]
Child Support Services Customer Service: 602-252-4045