Alternatives to Contempt: Putting Rulings and Regulations into Practice for Better Outcomes for Families

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST 
(11:00 am Pacific, 1:00 Central, 2:00 Eastern)

Materials and Recording


It's been 10 years since OCSE's first guidance to states following the Turner vs. Rogers ruling.  And it's been 5 years since the Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization regulations took effect. What have states done to operationalize the guidance and requirements on the appropriate use of contempt in child support cases? Are those approaches proving to be effective? When should we still use contempt? WICSEC’s latest MicroLearning will explore the response of two programs to these questions. Learn about Virginia’s Alternatives to Contempt Program, which was designed using the results from the Procedural Justice Alternatives to Contempt (PJAC) grant, and the Squared Away Program, an initiative from the Warren County, Ohio’s, Prosecutor’s office. Listen closely, you may even hear about a child support unicorn – a jury trial.


Tommy Howard

Thomas Howard
First Assistant Prosecutor and Director of the Child Support Enforcement Agency, Warren County, Ohio

Tommy is the First Assistant Prosecutor and Director for the Warren County, Ohio Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA).  He graduated Cum Laude from Wright State University located in Dayton, Ohio in 2001with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  He went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2004 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar the same year. He was admitted to the U.S. Federal Bar in 2005.

Over Tommy’s career he has become recognized as a subject matter expert on the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). He served on a workgroup when Ohio was implementing UIFSA 2008. He has been instrumental in coordinating border meetings for Ohio. He has presented numerous times at state & regional conferences. 

Tommy Howard is the Immediate Past President of ERICSA.

Tommy lives in Franklin, Ohio with his wife, Allison, and two sons.

Barbara Lacina

Barbara Lacina
Director of Division of Child Support Enforcement, Virginia

Since 1992, Barbara Lacina has served the public as a child support professional.  First, as a frontline caseworker, and then in various management and administration roles, always with a focus on improving outcomes for children, and providing services to both parents.  

In 2010, Barbara joined the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) in the Region VII office. In 2015, Barbara became OCSE’s Director for the Division of Program Innovation, overseeing grants, waivers, and national demonstrations. During 2019, Barbara served as the Senior Advisor to OCSE’s Commissioner. 

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