XENIA — More than 14,000 children in Greene County are impacted by child support.
In an effort to acknowledge that children need positive emotional and financial support from both parents to help them reach their potential, Greene County Commissioners declared August to be Child Support Awareness Month.
“Ohio bases its child support program on the basic belief that children deserve financial support,” said Monica Talkington, administrator of Greene County’s child support program. “If we really believe that children are our future, then it is crucial to ensure that both parents financially support their children when they are living apart. This support is key to the healthy development of children.”
The Greene County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA), which collects child support for the county children, encourages everyone to wear green on Aug. 6 in honor of the awareness month. Several county departments will all wear a special green T-shirt produced for child support month.
The county’s CSEA provides many important services in addition to collecting child support. CSEA establishes the legal relationship between children and their parents, and enforces court orders and health insurance coverage. In Greene County, the CSEA has more than 10,000 cases and collects $26 million per year.
“It’s a huge undertaking, but it’s worth the effort,” Talkington said. “Child support is a very positive way for parents to work together to focus on the healthy development of their child.”
Ohio establishes paternity for more than 56,700 children born to unmarried parents each year. The state also has the third largest case load in the nation and collects more than $2 billion dollars per year on average. Child support is the second largest source of income for single parent families, making up 39 percent of their total income. Employers collect nearly $1.4 billion in child support payments each year.
“Child Support Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate the good work the child support professionals do for kids and families across the state and to make sure the public sees the value in this program,” said Beth Rubin, director of the county job and family services department.
• Commissioners approved the annexation of slightly more than 307 acres of land from Bath Township into Fairborn, at the request of CEMEX, a cement company with a major operation facility in Fairborn. There was no opposition from Bath Township and with all the paperwork in order, commissioners approved the annexation 2-0. Commissioner Alan Anderson was not in attendance at the meeting.