August is Child Support Awareness Month in Ohio. The child support program impacts more children than any other public program in Ohio, except public education. One in three children is impacted by this program.
During the month of August, we take the time to recognize the staff of the CSEA and the work that they do on behalf of the families of Fairfield County. We also thank the many partners that contribute to the success of the program including local employers, courts, law enforcement and many more.
The child support program is based on the fundamental belief that children deserve financial support. 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. The child support program ensures parents financially support their children when they are living apart. The program provides many important services, which include collecting child support for families, establishing the legal relationship between children and their parents, enforcing court orders and health insurance coverage. The Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) has approximately 10,000 cases and collects more than $22M annually. Paternity is established for more than 600 children each year.