Governor Cuomo Proclaims August as Child Support Awareness Month
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance today announced that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued a Proclamation marking August as Child Support Awareness Month in New York State.
“Child support is a vital source of income for hundreds of thousands of children and families in New York, and is often the key to keeping children from falling into poverty,” said Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts. “When children receive financial and emotional support from both parents they are more likely to do well in school and succeed later in life.”
New York State’s child support program provides custodial parents with assistance in obtaining financial support and medical insurance coverage for their children by locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing and modifying support orders and collecting and distributing child support payments. The program serves nearly 900,000 children, collecting more than $1.8 billion annually on their behalf.
“This is a great time to reflect on the success of our program while rededicating ourselves to continued innovation in delivering these services,” said OTDA Assistant Deputy Commissioner and Child Support Director Eileen Stack. “State and local child support staff remain committed to ensuring timely and reliable child support payments and securing medical coverage where appropriate.”
Throughout August, representatives of OTDA’s Child Support Services will be participating in several events focused on improving the delivery of services offered to children and families.
This week, county child support workers from around the state will meet in Albany for two days of training to better understand federal reporting requirements. The training is a joint effort between OTDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.
OTDA staff will also be meeting with business owners to highlight the important role employers play in collecting child support. Nearly $3 of every $4 in child support collected in New York State are withheld from a worker’s paycheck.
OTDA is planning meetings with hospital staff to highlight the importance of making available voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity forms to unmarried parents of newborns. If a child’s parents are not legally married at the time of birth, the law does not recognize the father as the child’s legal father and does not give him any rights to or responsibilities for the child. These forms provide an opportunity to for parents to establish the legal father of the child at the time of birth.
For more information on child support, visit childsupport.ny.gov.