XENIA — The Greene County commissioners proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month July 27 to acknowledge that children need positive emotional and financial support from both parents to help them reach their full potential.
Ohio’s child support program impacts more children than any other public program in Ohio except education. One in three children is affected by Ohio’s child support program — that’s over one million children.
Child support in Ohio is one of the most cost-effective programs around. The state’s child support program collects $8.25 for every dollar expended, which is 55 percent higher than the national average. For every $4 expended on child support, $5 is saved in other programs. Child support collections lower poverty by 25 percent.
The Greene County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA), a division of Job and Family Services, serves nearly 15,000 children and collects over $27 million per year. The agency works closely with the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney, Juvenile Court, Domestic Relations Court, and the Clerk of Courts to meet the requirements of the child support program. Greene County is the most cost-effective CSEA in the state, collecting $21.81 for every dollar expended.
CSEA provides many important services, which include establishing paternity and support orders, collecting child support for families, and enforcing court orders and health insurance coverage.
“Children thrive when they receive the love and support of both parents,” said Beth Rubin, director of Job and Family Services.
“Child support is a positive way for parents to work together to focus on the healthy development of their child,” added Monica Talkington, CSEA division administrator. “It makes a real difference.”