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Is Child Support Fair? An Education - Part 1

After many encounters with single parents, child support, dead beat moms, dead beat dads, arrest warrants, baby mama drama, baby daddy drama, child support to make ends meet, harrassment for money, misuse of money, and struggles among many other things Erika's View will begin a community educational session on Child Support, the program description and mission. Is child support sensible? Is it fair? Who wins? Who loses? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using child support?

The mission of the Child Support Enforcement Program is to enhance the well-being of children by assuring that assistance in obtaining support, including financial and medical, is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support obligations, and monitoring and enforcing those obligations.

To assure that assistance in obtaining support (both financial and medical) is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity and support obligations, and enforcing those obligations. *

*The Child Support Enforcement Program is authorized and defined by statute, Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. The purpose and the mission of the Program are derived from the Act.

In 2005, 91 percent of child support collections have gone to families. Welfare recipients now make up just 16 percent of our caseload; the largest group of clients is families who no longer need public assistance, in large part because of child support collections. Preliminary data indicate that, in FY 2005:

The program collected $23 billion.
The total caseload was 15.9 million.
The FPLS returned employment or address information for over 4.7 million individuals during FY 2005.
During FY 2005, the Multistate Financial Institution Data Match (MSFIDM) program located a quarterly average of 2.1 million accounts containing financial assets owned by 1.1 million obligors.
The number of paternities established or acknowledged was 1.6 million.
The number of new support orders established was 1.2 million.

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