Oregon Youth Authority (OYA)

A new law passed in 2021 (Senate Bill 817) has changed the financial requirements of families with youth in the justice system. Starting January 1, 2022, you will no longer have to pay ongoing or past-due child support related to your child’s involvement with the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA). OYA and the Oregon Child Support Program are working together to answer frequently asked questions about how this law change will impact you and your family. For details about your specific case, or additional questions not answered here, please contact your Oregon Child Support case manager, submit an inquiry through your online account, or call Customer Service at 800-850-0228.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When will my child support obligation to OYA end?

On Jan. 1, 2022, child support will no longer be owed to or assigned to OYA. This means only that support is no longer due to OYA—you may have ongoing child support and past-due support still owed to another party. Contact the Oregon Child Support Program to determine if you need to do anything else on your case.

Does the child support change apply if my child was convicted as an adult?

Yes.

How does the new law affect the child support order I had before OYA was involved?

You still owe the same amount until that order is modified but the money will no longer go to OYA. Contact the Oregon Child Support Program to determine whether any additional action is needed on your case. Your case manager can review your situation to help determine the appropriate next steps.

If my child is between age 18 and 21, will support continue for them if they are a child attending school?

Depending on the terms of your order, support may be due to your child between the ages of 18 and 21 if they are in school. You can find info about child attending school requirements here. Contact the Oregon Child Support Program to discuss your case to determine the appropriate next steps for your case.

Will I be officially notified of the status of my child support order?

Yes. The Oregon Child Support Program will notify you how the new law will affect your case. Contact the program to discuss your case.

If child support is being taken from my paycheck, when will that stop?

If you owe child support only because of your child’s involvement with OYA: The Oregon Child Support Program will send a termination of the income withholding to your employer no later than December 31, 2021.

If you have other child support orders not related to your child’s involvement with OYA: Income withholding may continue. This would apply if you already had a child support order before your child went to OYA, or you have orders related to other children. Contact the Oregon Child Support Program for specific details about your case.

What happens to my unpaid child support on January 1, 2022?

All past-due child support assigned to OYA will be considered satisfied and no longer owed.

What happens if I just quit paying now?

You still owe child support to OYA until January 1, 2022. Compliance actions will continue until then. Certain actions occur automatically, such as passport restrictions, tax offsets, credit reporting, and income withholding.

Will the Oregon Child Support Program reverse any compliance actions such as driver license suspension? If so, when?

Any compliance actions that are specific to your OYA case will be withdrawn by January 1, 2022. However, if you have more than one child support case, compliance actions for those cases may remain in place. Contact the Oregon Child Support Program to discuss your situation and to determine the appropriate next steps.

Will I get a refund of any child support money paid to OYA before January 1, 2022?

No.