Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Springs dads no deadbeats

Posted By on Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Congratulations is due to all those El Paso County parents who actually paid their child support.

Today, pat yourself on the back, Springs moms and dads. You are some of the least deadbeat parents in the state.

Last year, you paid $42.2 million in child support payments, making sure your kids had food on the table and clothes on their backs.

Good for you! You did the right thing!

This is the third year, by the way, that El Paso County has shelled out more money in child support payments than any other county in Colorado.

Here's more:

El Paso County Collects more in Child Support Payments than the Rest of the State

June 15, 2010 — In 2009 in El Paso County more than $42.2 million dollars were collected in child support payments. El Paso County collected more than any other county in the state for the third year in a row. Denver was the next closest at $40.9 million. The amount collected by El Paso County in 2009 is however slightly lower than what was collected in 2008. “The bad economy has made it a tough year to collect payments,” said Laura Davidson from Policy Studies Inc. (PSI).

Policy Studies Inc. is a private company the El Paso County Department of Human Services contracts with for the federally mandated service of collecting child support payments. For their remarkable success during this tough economic year PSI just received the Outstanding Large County Award at the Colorado Family Support Conference.

In Colorado, El Paso and Teller Counties are the only two counties that fully out source child support collections. El Paso County paid $3.1 million dollars in 2009 for administrative costs for child support collection, $7 million dollars less than Denver County. “This is another example of the unique public private partnerships El Paso County maintains to provide better service at a lower cost,” said Commissioner Sallie Clark, the liaison commissioner to the Department of Human Services. “The services PSI helps El Paso County to provide, by ensuring children in our community are properly cared for, will have benefits for years to come.

Laura Davidson from Policy Studies Inc. and Rick Bengtsson the Director of the El Paso County Department of Human Services celebrate the good news.
  • Laura Davidson from Policy Studies Inc. and Rick Bengtsson the Director of the El Paso County Department of Human Services celebrate the good news.

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