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Attorney General Hardy Myers today encouraged all Oregonians to take time in August to recognize the importance and value of child support in providing for the healthy development of future generations.
August was first declared National Child Support Awareness Month by President Bill Clinton in 1995. As he noted at the time, "Those who bring children into the world must bear the responsibility of supporting them. We must rededicate ourselves to the task of putting these youngest and most vulnerable of our citizens first." In recognition, Governor Ted Kulongoski has issued a proclamation declaring August as Child Support Awareness Month in Oregon. A copy of the proclamation is attached to this release.
"Tens of thousands of Oregon children rely on their parents to provide for their wellbeing through child support payments," said Myers. "We are proud of our efforts at the Department of Justice's Division of Child Support, in partnership with District Attorneys, to provide coordinated services across the state to serve the children and families of Oregon."
The Oregon Child Support Program (CSP), a federal-state-county partnership, offers services to both custodial and non-custodial parents, as well as relatives and other caretakers, who are entitled to child support. CSP had a caseload of over 240,000 child support orders in September 2007. Services can include establishing paternity, locating a non-custodial parent, establishing or modifying an order for child support, securing health coverage for a child, determining the amount of support past due, enforcing support orders and providing accounting records. The public can learn more about CSP or request services through their local support office. For a list of District Attorney and Division of Child Support offices in CSP, visit http://www.doj.state.or.us
"The Child Support Program strives to work with parents in a spirit of cooperation as much as possible, though several enforcement remedies are available when parents are uncooperative," said CSP Director William Castor. "Our objective is to ensure that all children receive the support they need for the necessities of life and so that families can remain self-sufficient."
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