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Department of Human Services: August is Child Support Awareness Month

Janean Barva/For Craig Press

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month. This kicked off a month long campaign to show appreciation and honor all parents involved with Moffat County Child Support Services (MCCSS) and to thank our child support case managers for their dedication to our parents, children, and community.

As the self-sufficiency manager at the Department of Human Services (MCDHS), I wanted to start by thanking our MCCSS case managers for their daily dedication. Our case managers work hard in multiple areas to ensure children and parents receive the necessary financial and medical support to assist in raising healthy children. They truly care about the families they serve and happily offer support and acknowledgement to all parents. I am very proud to be part of such a dedicated team.

The mission of MCDHS is to keep families together. When families have financial and medical support, they have less stress and can focus on other areas of improvement, such as taking college classes or applying for better jobs. Most of us have been in financial crisis at some point in our lives. During these times, it is really hard to think about anything else except, “how I am going to pay rent or buy food?” MCCSS provides a vital service for children and parents which helps to alleviate financial stress and create a safe environment for children to thrive.

From Jan. 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019, MCCSS collected more than $665,000 in current child support. This is financial support that went directly to families and children. Research finds that one dollar of child support has a greater effect on how well a child does in school than any other source of income. Increases in child support are also associated with higher grades and fewer school problems (Graham, J., A., & Hernandez, P. (1994), “The Effects of Child Support on Educational Attainment”).

It is important to thank and acknowledge the parents who consistently make monthly child support payments. These parents assume the responsibility for the economic and social well-being, health, and stability of their children. They are dedicated to the wellbeing of their children and deserve recognition. Last week, MCCSS sent thank you cards to parents who have recently made a child support payment.

MCCSS has also reached out to non-paying parents who have a child support case open with MCCSS and have lost their driver’s licenses due to non-payment of support. By paying their current monthly support obligation plus one dollar towards the past due balance, MCCSS will issue a notice for reinstatement of their driver’s license. For parents who are currently unemployed but want to take advantage of the driver license reinstatement offer, there are pre-approved employment classes that can meet the driver license restatement requirement. These offers expire on Sept. 30, 2019. MCDHS encourages all parents with a child support obligation to reach out to MCCSS to see how we can further partner together to ensure that children are healthy, safe, and able to reach their full potential.

MCDHS invites community members, agencies, and businesses to show support of our parents, children, and CSS case managers by wearing green on Aug. 21. To further support, we ask that you take a picture of yourself or group wearing green and post it on Facebook with #childsupport. As a community it is important to recognize parents who make continued efforts to support children and to educate all parents of the positive impact paying child support has on children.

For more information regarding Child Support Services, you may visit us in person at 595 Breeze St. or call us 970-824-8282. You may also visit http://www.support.state.co.us for more information.