Federal Parent Locator Service. A computerized national location network operated by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to help the states locate parents in order to obtain child support payments; also used in cases of parental kidnapping related to custody and visitation determinations. FPLS obtains address and employer information as well as data on child support cases in every state, and returns matches to the appropriate state.
Federal Parent Locator Service. A computerized national location network operated by the Federal Office of Child Support (OCSE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). FPLS obtains address and employer information, as well as data on child support cases in every State, compares them and returns matches to the appropriate States. This helps State and local child support enforcement agencies locate non-custodial parents and putative fathers for the purposes of establishing custody and visitation rights, establishing and enforcing child support obligations, investigating parental kidnapping, and processing adoption or foster care cases. The expanded FPLS includes the Federal Case Registry (FCR) and the National Directory of New Hires (NDNH).