CA DCSS POP Team Continues to Make Changes Reflecting New Laws Extending Parent-Child Relationships

By: Reanna Perez, CA DCSS

The California Department of Child Support Services (CA DCSS) Child Support Services Division (CSSD) is buzzing right now with important program changes to the Paternity Opportunity Program (POP)—soon to be renamed the Parentage Opportunity Program. The POP team has been busy making all the necessary changes that are required as part of the AB 2684 legislation, which allows more people to utilize POP, reflecting the diversity of California families.

Since POP will be expanding the program to cover all the mandated changes, POP submitted a budget change proposal (BCP) as part of the 2019 Budget Bill to cover travel costs to conduct training, as well as printing and shipping needs, document management vendor services, technology system changes, and to hire additional staff. On June 27, Governor Newsom signed the 2019 Budget Bill, also approving the POP BCP.

POP will be using the additional funds to cover the cost of administration, add three additional positions to the POP team to complete all of the changes, and subsequent training for witnessing agencies across the state.

Kyla Kuryllo said, “I’m excited to grow the Paternity Opportunity Program into the Parentage Opportunity Program (POP), and have the opportunity to turn CA DCSS’ vision for POP into reality. From start to finish the BCP process was fascinating, and it’s rewarding to see the hard work poured into this effort materialize into tangible resources and positions, that will allow the POP team to expand current program services to reflect the diversity of California families.”

Recently, Kyla Kuryllo was promoted to the Staff Services Manager II position in the Program Oversight Branch. Kyla has been with CA DCSSS since April 2015 and brings her strong background in child support services program compliance and subject matter expertise of POP to her new position.

“Kyla won the CA DCSS Positive Impact Award three years in a row and we have no doubt that her resourcefulness and diversified work experience will be an asset to the Program Compliance and Paternity Section,” said Vickie Contreras, CSSD Deputy Director.

As POP becomes more representative of the diversity of California families, the POP team will be bringing opportunities for staff to increase the knowledge of LGBTQ+ language and terminology and develop tangible skills to provide affirming support to LGBTQ+ community members. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center will be conducting cultural humility training on-site on August 14th with two session options. Once spots are filled POP will close registration, so sign up soon! To register for the training send an email to Tori House at Tori.House@dcss.ca.gov and be sure to include your name, email, branch, supervisor’s name and email.