Child Support Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the Commonwealth joins the nation in recognizing August as Child Support Awareness Month, and reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that Virginia’s children have the financial and family support they need to grow and thrive; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) serves more than 326,873 children under the age of 18 in 333,711 cases through its family-centered customer service approach, which promotes parental responsibility so that children receive reliable support from their parents; and

WHEREAS, child support collections in Virginia surpassed $­­­­­657.2 million in state fiscal year 2013, which is $100,000 more than in any previous year, bringing total collections to more than $9.7 billion since 1993; and

WHEREAS, DCSE employees support clients both by fostering positive interactions between parents and children, and by advancing responsible parenthood through early intervention, outreach initiatives, mediation services, and community involvement in successful prisoner reentry; and

WHEREAS, Virginia recorded 34,020 total paternities through its Paternity Establishment Program (PEP), 24,860 of which were obtained through alliance with its paternity vendor and 58 birthing hospitals, enabling Virginia to receive a 94.2 percent performance rating during federal fiscal year 2013; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s DCSE continually enhances its services with innovative initiatives in areas such as fatherhood, employment education, court-based Intensive Case Monitoring Programs, and outreach to Regional Re-entry Councils in order to establish realistic child support orders, increase payment reliability and reduce or prevent arrears accumulation;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2014as CHILD SUPPORT AWARENESS MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all of our caring citizens.