August is Child Support Awareness Month

Published on August 06, 2021

The Commissioners standing with members of DHS' child support team

To reaffirm Weld County’s commitment to strengthening families by providing child support services to improve economic stability and well-being of children and youth, the Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month.  

“I am thrilled to be joined by many of our child support workers who do a fantastic job every single day at helping run the child support program and assisting with the financial stability of our children and youth within our community,” said Jamie Ulrich, Director of Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS). “When parents keep up with child support payments it helps promote the financial stability in the children’s home and reduces the need for public assistance benefits, so the job child support staff are doing is really important.”

The child support program reinforces the position that all parents must take responsibility for the financial support of their children. Child support is essential in the overall well-being of a child and there are child support laws and services that ensure the proper functioning of this system and that each child is well looked after.

Child Support Awareness Month was established in 1995 by President Bill Clinton to help guarantee all children have the financial support they need to thrive. Weld County recognizes and celebrates the vital role that child support plays in providing financial aid to families, while also understanding the importance of awareness of the services child support provides.

“Our child support staff does a remarkable job of making sure that financial support is being upheld for the children of Weld County, while working together with court clerks, judges and county attorneys to ensure child support needs are met and being enforced properly for the benefit of our children,” said Commissioner Perry Buck, Commissioner Coordinator for DHS.

The Child Support Services (CSS) division of the Weld County DHS provides help to parents and anyone caring for a child. CSS can help locate parents, establish paternity, establish a child support order and enforce child support obligations.

In June of 2021, The Weld County Child Support (CSS) Division was awarded the Colorado Family Support Council Outstanding Large County Award for 2020-2021.

Weld CSS Division stats through June 2021 include:

  • Total child support collections: $12 million
  • New orders established: 200
  • Orders modified: 187
  • Phone calls taken: 7,000 plus 

For more information about the Weld County child support program, please visit https://www.weldgov.com/Government/Departments/Human-Services/Child-Support-Services

 

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