August is Child Support Awareness Month
August is Child Support Awareness Month. The Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is excited to participate in bringing awareness about the essential services we provide to help parents secure reliable financial and medical support to enhance the well-being of their children.
DCSS provides an array of services for families, including paternity establishment, court order establishment for financial and medical support, payment distribution, enforcement of court orders when payments are not being made, and review and modification of court orders when circumstances change. Last year, these services resulted in over $751 million in child support payments that benefitted over 464,000 children in Georgia. This kind of support reflects the DHS vision of building stronger families for a stronger Georgia!
The DCSS team understands that, while most parents meet their court-ordered child support obligation regularly, there are times when parents who are willing to make payments are facing barriers that prevent them from doing so. We have developed the Fatherhood and Parental Accountability Court programs to assist parents in these situations. In addition, the Access and Visitation program can provide resources for coordination of visitations or parenting time to parents with active cases.
Throughout the month, DCSS will host two virtual events to provide more information about Georgia’s child support program. These events will feature a panel of child support experts from DCSS who will share information and answer your questions about the program. The events are scheduled for:
- August 16, 2022 – 1-2 p.m.
- August 30, 2022 – 6-7 p.m.
For more information about Georgia’s child support program, please visit the DCSS website here.