Child Support is a Division of the Department of Human Services

The mission of the Department of Human Services is to provide quality, efficient, and effective human services, which improve the lives of people.

Child Support Purpose:

  • Enhance the well-being of children.
  • Reduce demand on public treasuries by securing financial and medical support from legally responsible parents.
  • Encourage positive relationships between children and their parents.

Child Support works with cases receiving Full Services and cases receiving Limited Services.

The primary activities of cases receiving Full Services include:

  • Locate
  • Paternity Establishment
  • Establishment of Court-Ordered Child Support
  • Establishment of Court-Ordered Medical Support
  • Enforcement of Court-Ordered Support
  • Review and Adjustment
  • Receive and Distribute Payments

Child Support works in partnership with the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement and other state agencies.

The Child Support Enforcement program was enacted in 1975. Learn more about the history of Child Support in the Child Support Enforcement: Program Basics report issued July 25, 2019.