Child Support Awareness Month

Child Support Awareness Month

San Bernardino

The county Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is reminding parents that August is Child Support Awareness month and they offer a range of services to assist parents in supporting their children. Child Support Services Director Marie Girulat said, “We are here to help parents who may no longer be together and may be unaware of the programs available for their benefit through Child Support Services. Many know us as the collectors of child support, we are much more.” Girulat stressed how important child support payments are to help provide a measure of financial stability for families and create better outcomes for children.  “It is our job to help parents meet their medical and financial support and connect them to employment, housing, and other vital services to ensure they can provide for their children.” During Child Support Awareness month, the spotlight is on the county’s Department of Child Support Services and the things they do to help families, and Girulat wished to remind families their staff is available for children and parents every month of the year.  Every Monday this month (during Mondays with DCSS) the department will host representatives from social service agencies at its three offices in Loma Linda, Victorville and Ontario. While child support customers wait to meet with their case workers, they will have the chance to meet with staff from other County departments and agencies that can provide services to their families. This year, Building a Generation, 24/7 Fathers, WIC, Family Law Facilitators, Black Infant Health, Preschool Services, Nurturing Parents and First 5 will be available to provide information to child support customers during Mondays with DCSS.  DCSS assists families by establishing orders for child and medical support, establishing parentage, locating parents, enforcing support orders, and collecting and distributing child support payments. The department is responsible for a caseload of approximately 106,000 cases and collected of over $189 million last fiscal year. Girulat believes by raising awareness about the services her department provides they are directly supporting the county’s vision to promote family self-sufficiency and reduce childhood poverty throughout the county.

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