In 1995, August was proclaimed National Child Support Awareness Month by President Clinton. In his proclamation, he stated, "Providing for our children is one of humanity's worthiest and most fundamental endeavors. Children are the best part of ourselves – the sum of our past and the promise of our future, the guarantee that our lives and values and dreams will flourish long after we are gone. Sadly, however, many parents in our country today deny the instinct to care for their children, failing to provide even the most basic economic support. . . . Millions do not receive the financial support they need to lead secure and healthy lives."
This August we celebrate Child Support Awareness Month (CSAM) in Sacramento County, as proclaimed by the Board of Supervisors on July 26, 2016. The Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is celebrating CSAM and recognizing parents who work diligently to support their children in every way.
The theme for CSAM 2016 is: "Your support shapes their future." A parent's support (financial, emotional, physical, and mental) shapes a child's future by providing the essentials to help them succeed. Children grow and thrive with the commitment of their parents who provide for their needs and teach them by being a good role model. As is said in a well-known quote, "Your child will follow your example, not your advice." Since children are great imitators, parents must give them something great to imitate.
In the last federal fiscal year, DCSS staff helped more than 77,000 families and collected over $116 million in child support for those families. While DCSS focuses on obtaining the financial and medical support a child needs, DCSS encourages parents to consider how all types of support from a parent will shape their child's future. "Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be." – David Bly
DCSS provides the following benefits to those who open a child support case:
- Research to locate absent parents
- Free genetic testing when appropriate
- Customer education regarding court processes, guideline calculation of child support, and child support enforcement actions
- Accurate accounting
- Automated enforcement, including wage garnishment, tax intercepts, liens, and license suspension
- Modification of child support orders when appropriate
- Preparing stipulations for court approval when the parents agree upon a support amount
To contact the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services:
Contact: Jill Lucena-Machado, Department of Child Support Services – 875-7936