|County tabs August ‘Child Support Awareness Month’
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has declared August 2013 as Child Support Awareness Month and added the county to the ongoing national effort acknowledging the vital role parents have in providing emotional and financial support to their children.
Julie S. Paik, Director of the County of Sonoma Department of Child Support Services said, “The department collaborates with many public and community agencies to stress the importance of child support. Recently, the Rohnert Park CHP worked closely with a Child Support Officer to secure a child support payment as a result of an asset forfeiture program. Working together with our public and community partners helps ensure the future for families in Sonoma County.”
CHP Officer Anne Persons said, “It was a case of perfect timing; law enforcement officers had recently received enhanced asset forfeiture training and I was provided a list of agencies that are entitled to money or property seized during arrests. I was able to contact the Department of Child Support Services and release the money to the family. Again, it was great timing as the mother receiving the payment indicated it was just in time for the child’s birthday.”
Sonoma County currently provides child support services to approximately 17,223 dependents and collects and distributes more than $28 million annually to families.
Child support professionals provide assistance to both parents by delivering consistent and fair assistance in the establishment and enforcement of paternity, child and medical support orders.
The County encourages any person that currently has a support issue to contact Department of Child Support Services. English speakers should call (707) 565-4114 and Spanish speakers should call (707) 565-4008.