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Posted on: July 31, 2019

August Is Child Support Awareness Month

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The Merced County Department of Child Support Services recognizes August as Child Support Awareness Month, and is showing their appreciation to families all month long.

On Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., the department will partner with Worknet Merced County to offer a Career and Resource Fair at the Merced County Child Support Office located at 3368 N. Hwy 59, Suite A in Merced. This free event will connect parents with community partners, organizations, and employers that offer services to support a better future for Merced County families. Various employers from the community will be on site, so attendees are encouraged to wear professional attire and to bring resumes. In addition, the event will offer short trainings for employers and parents on how to manage the paperwork related to a child support case. The department will also be available to answer questions and assist attendees.

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the department will hold its first ever Kids Connect Community Celebration at the Applegate Park outdoor theater located at 1045 W. 25th Street in Merced. This fun event will offer parents and families an opportunity to meet with various community agencies, clubs and organizations that offer services to children and families within Merced County. In addition to being informational, this free event will include a variety of games, music and entertainment to make it fun day for the entire family. Giveaways will be shared throughout the day and will include a variety of child and family friendly prizes, such as backpacks filled with all the necessary school supplies.

In addition to these two great events, the department offers a range of services to assist parents in supporting their children. The child support program can assist a parent with getting a court order for either financial or medical support. The department can work with both parents to avoid the court process and create an agreement for support that works for both parents. The department can also enforce an existing court order for support and help track payments to provide peace of mind for both parents.

The department also offers a number of programs for parents paying support. If circumstances have changed, such as a change in job or the custody and visitation of their child, they may qualify for a modification of the court order. If they are seeking work, but have a suspended driver’s license or professional license as a result of non-payment of child support, call the department. The department can work with them to eliminate that barrier and get them back on the road. Other programs available include the Compromise of Arrears Program, a debt relief program designed to assist parents who have larger amounts of unpaid child support debt. Through this program, they may be able to reduce a portion of that debt.

The professional staff of the Merced County Department of Child Support Services understand the program can be complicated and are here to help you navigate through successfully. For more information, contact the Merced County Department of Child Support Services by visiting our office at 3368 N. Hwy 59, Suite A in Merced or online or call (866) 901-3212.

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