The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) plays a key role in ensuring that noncustodial parents (NCPs) provide financial support for their children and serves as a strong anti-poverty program. Child support can help keep families financially independent and eliminate the need for cash assistance. OCSE helps custodial parents and guardians, regardless of income and immigration status. Services include location of the noncustodial parent, summons service, assistance with establishment of paternity, child support and medical support orders, and collection and enforcement. For more information call 311 or the New York State Child Support Helpline 1-888-208-4485, or http://www.nyc.gov/html/hra/html/directory/child.shtml.