May 4, 2009
Oswego County Child Support Staff Is Recognized for Performance
Oswego County’s child support program performance “was among the best in New York State” last year, according to Commissioner David A. Hansell of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The commissioner recently congratulated Commissioner Frances Lanigan for the county Department of Social Services’ strong performance.
For the first time in the county’s history, the child support staff collected more than $15 million in 2008, a $2 million increase in annual collections over the last five years. The unit, which handled more than 7,700 cases, was also commended for its performance measures in establishing paternity and support orders.
Oswego County’s 96 percent success rate for establishing paternity is well over the statewide average of 81 percent and is higher than many nearby counties. The staff obtained support orders for 94 percent of its 7,766 cases, also significantly higher than the state wide average.
“Child support is a critical source of income for many custodial parents and can mean the difference between a family needing other public benefits or not,” said Commissioner Hansell. “Oswego County’s child support performance makes clear that you and your staff are serving your clients and community well.”
New York State law requires both parents to be responsible for the financial support of a child until the child is 21, even if a parent has never lived with the child or does not live with the child.
John Ferry, coordinator of the Child Support Enforcement Unit for the county Department of Social Services, said their goal is to provide services to help parents take care of their children.
The child support program can help find an absent (non-custodial) parent; establish legal fatherhood for a child; get a support order from court, including medical support; collect child support payments from an absent parent; and enforce court orders when child support is not paid. A client does not need to receive any other forms of service or assistance from DSS, he said.
For more information or to receive an application, call the NYS Helpline at 888-208-4485, or visit the Oswego County Department of Social Services at 100 Spring Street, Mexico, by , or visit the New York State child support Web site at www.newyorkchildsupport.com.
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