August is Child Support Awareness Month

Staff report

The Fulton County Commissioners have proclaimed August 2017 as Child Support Awareness Month.

The Ohio child support program impacts more children than any other public program in Ohio, except public education. One in three children are affected by this program.

Ohio bases its child support program on the fundamental belief that children deserve financial support. The child support program aids in the healthy development of children, including the emotional and financial support of both parents. The program ensures parents financially support their children when they are living apart, and provides many important services including collecting child support for families, establishing the legal relationship between children and their parents, enforcing court orders, and health insurance coverage.

Each year, Ohio establishes paternity for more than 56,416 children born to unmarried parents. With nearly 941,000 cases, Ohio on average collects $1.8 billion per year. Child support is a growing 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.

In 2016, Fulton County CSEA had a caseload of 2,169, and collected more than $7 million. The agency is averaging a collection rate of over 80 percent which includes collection on current support and arrears. Contact the department at 419-337-0010 or visit the office at Fulton County Job and Family Services, 604 S. Shoop Ave., Suite 200, in Wauseon.

Staff report