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Child support bolsters Minnesota children, families

Awareness month recognizes importance to children’s well-being

8/23/2017 9:51:32 AM

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Katie Bauer
Communications
651-431-2911 
Katie.Bauer@state.mn.us 
 
Minnesota is recognizing August as Child Support Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to reaffirm the state’s commitment to the well-being of children.
 
Minnesota ranks in the top five states nationally for collection of monthly child support payments and overdue payments. Child support is a consistent source of income and security for families across the state. Minnesota’s child support programs serve more than 245,000 children and more than 352,000 parents. 
 
“For many children and families, the financial resources provided by child support plays a crucial role in their well-being,” Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper said. “Our goal is to work with parents to make sure children have the support they need.”
 
State and county child support professionals work collaboratively with parents and partners to administer child support programs and help families access services. They can help parents facing financial difficulties get back on track with their child support. Assistance is available in some counties to help parents reinstate driver’s licenses that have been suspended for nonpayment of child support.
 
A task force created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2016 is currently reviewing child support guidelines and policy issues and advice DHS on how to maintain an effective child support program. For information on the task force and upcoming meetings, visit the department’s website.
 
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month (PDF) in Minnesota to highlight the importance of child support to families.
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