Nationwide, August is celebrated as Child Support Awareness Month, and today it’s been proclaimed so in Adams County by the Board of County Commissioners.
“Often, Child Support Services workers are made out to be the bad person,” says Wisler Jacquecin, Administrator, Adams County Child Support Services (CSS) Division. “Hopefully, the awareness activities during this month will show we’re here to be advocates for the children and to provide assistance to the parents where we can.”
To further increase awareness on this important topic, human-interest stories of parents currently involved with Child Support Services will be posted on the Adams County Facebook page, and the division will host an open house for parents on Aug. 8.
The event will be held at the Human Services Center, 11860 Pecos St., Westminster, Plum B (lower level), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to parents who currently owe child support, people who need more information, and the media. There will be prizes and giveaways. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero T-shirt to show their support for parents.
Adams County’s Child Support Services (CSS) Division
The CSS division embraces the two-generational approach to policy and practice. They have a dedicated team member who works as an Early Intervention Specialist. This person works with parents early in the process to promote compliance and consistent paying behavior.
They also have a Barriers Specialist who works with parents who face barriers to paying child support consistently. Their approach to service delivery, as it relates to the paying parents, is not purely enforcement-based, rather it’s based on addressing issues that lead to non-payment.
In addition to the above key roles, Child Support Services also works with parole and probation officers through a collaborative and supportive relationship to help parents who are re-entering society after incarceration. The team works on the right-sized orders—the correct amount a parent can pay, in relation to their income—if a parent’s circumstances change.CSS division 2018 stats include:
- Total child support collections: $33,508,140.40
- Number of enforcing cases: 12,557
- Percent of cases with paternity established: 94.2%
- Percent of cases with a child support order: 91.6%
- Percent of cases with a medical order: 90%
- Total amount collected through the Touch Pay Kiosk: $170,000