August is Child Support Awareness Month in Ohio

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Commissioners and DJFS recognized August as Child Support Awareness Month throughout the state. The Child Support Enforcement Agency is one of four divisions within the Department of Job and Family Services.

“Children thrive when they receive love and support from both parents. The child support program promotes parental responsibility so that children receive support from both parents even when they live in separate households,” said Vince Gianangeli, DJFS director.

“Child Support can make a real difference in managing food, shelter, child care, transportation, clothing, medical and dental expenses. Each year, the Ohio Child Support Program, which has the third largest caseload in the nation, collects $2 billion in support payments and provides services for 1 million children.”

Of the $2 billion collected statewide, Belmont County collects $10,633,234, ranking them 19 in fiscal year 2013.

The collection rate for the state is 67.35 percent. The federal collection rate is 63.89 percent. The county finished the year with a collection rate of 75.21 percent, and increase from 73.79 percent the previous year.

The core functions are to establish paternity, establishing support orders, enforcing support orders, collecting arrears, and location of absent parents.

The court orders support collections monthly average is $886,103. Court ordered support collections for Fiscal Year 2013 is $10,633,234.

Court hearings from August 2013-July 2014 is 1,270. Administrative held hearing for calendar year 2013 was 103. The IRS refund collections for the last 12 months is $577,860. State refund collections for the last 12 months are $67,567.

Bank account seizures from August 2013 through July 2014 come to $56,945.05. Average phone calls daily are 119.

The county caseload comes to 4,712.

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