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Department seeks parents to serve on Child Support Task Force

Parents' input is critical to the work of Minnesota's newly formed Child Support Task Force. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is seeking parents, with past or present child support cases, to serve as members of the task force.

Interested parents can apply by July 27, 2016, to serve on the task force via the Minnesota Secretary of State's website: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/2605/july-2016.pdf. Parents who have questions about the task force may contact Tara Borton, Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Support Division, at tara.borton@state.mn.us.

Change to monthly collections helps struggling families

In the past, for custodial parents who were on public assistance and receiving child support through the state-county child support system, their monthly public assistance payments were reduced dollar for dollar. That meant less money was going directly to their children.

Effective October 1, 2015, monthly collections up to $100 for one child and $200 for two or more children will no longer reduce custodial parents' cash assistance. This will help struggling families on financial assistance programs make ends meet.

Online child support payments

Parents who owe child support can make payments using Minnesota Child Support Online (MCSO) at www.childsupport.dhs.state.mn.us. Payments can be made from their savings or checking accounts to the Minnesota Child Support Payment Center through a secure online application.

To register to use this site, parents will need their child support participant number and their PIN. During registration, you will create your own password and user ID.

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