Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Support Services collected $362,414,921 on behalf of children and families between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. That’s a new collections record and averages out to $992,917.59 per day.
“The Child Support Office serving Bryan, Atoka and Coal counties contributed to the statewide record by collecting $9,067,864 during the same 12-month period,” said Brenda Kimery, the office’s managing attorney.
“We had a caseload of 4,340 in our office on June 30, 2014, and it is expected to continue to increase. We collected an average of $2,089 per case.
“Our dedicated office staff worked tirelessly on the constant flow of cases coming into our office during the year and exceeded last years’ collections by $524,859. This was a huge increase for our office and one we are extremely proud to report,” Kimery said.
The attorney said there are particular circumstances that contributed to the increase.
“We have a court liaison, Kesree Goodner, who works to help unemployed parents obtain and maintain employment to improve their lives and be better able to support their children financially. It is certainly one of many factors. Our collections have increased every year because our staff members know how important child support is to single-parent households.”
These collections mean additional income for local families with children and help increase revenue to local businesses where recipients shop. Child Support Services works to bring children the full advantage of parental support and involvement by helping families determine paternity, establish orders for child support, and facilitate regular and reliable payments.
“Child support plays a major part in the lives of the children and families who depend on it,” said CSS Director Gary W. Dart. “Children receiving regular child support payments are more likely to grow up happy, healthy and stable. When families receive more financial support from those with personal responsibility, it helps to improve healthy family relationships.”
For more information about Child Support Services, call (800) 522-2922 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or visit www.okdhs.org and select “Child Support.” The Durant office is located at 1312 N. First Ave., at the north end of the shopping center that includes Dollar General and Bremar’s Variety Depot.
Child Support Services is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. To promote healthy families, CSS establishes, monitors and enforces reliable support while encouraging self-sufficiency and strengthening relationships. The division is responsible for more than 206,000 active child support cases.