By Dustin Ensinger
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday recognized August as Child Support Awareness month.
Other than public education, the child support program impacts more children than any other public program in Ohio.
“If children truly are our future, then it is imperative that the child support program aid in the healthy development of children, including the emotional and financial support of both parents,” said Joyce Bowens, Director of the Delaware County Child Support Enforcement Agency.
Across Ohio, one in three children – more than one million – are impacted by the program that collects more than $2 billion annually. Ohio has the third largest caseload in the country.
Delaware County’s caseload is 4,438, with about $25 million collected annually.
“I am always amazed at those adults who don’t take responsibility for their children and thankful for people like you who work to assure the best situation for those children,” said Commissioner Gary Merrell.
The agency recently received several awards from the state of Ohio for its collection efforts.
While Commissioner Dennis Stapleton praised the work the organization does on a daily basis, he said he wished it was not necessary.
“I wish you didn’t have to exist,” he said. “It’s a sad state of affairs that 51 percent of our folks end up divorced.”
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.