August proclaimed to be Child Support Awareness Month

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DENVER (Aug. 2, 2022) — Gov. Jared Polis has proclaimed August to be Child Support Awareness Month, following another year of exceptional innovation in the Colorado Division of Child Support Services.  

The proclamation recognizes the national observance of Child Support Awareness Month, established in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, to help ensure that all children have the financial support they need to thrive. The department and county child support programs across the state plan to recognize the month by promoting public awareness through new ads around the Denver metro area and attending outreach events like the Colorado State Fair. 

“I am proud to see the Colorado Child Support Services Division continue to make great improvements. Our staff are dedicated to implementing innovative tools to further support families,” said Larry Desbien, director of the division. “Nationally, the Colorado Child Support Services Division has become a leader for innovation. We will continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of the families we serve.” 

Major innovations to the program this year have included removing the $20 application fee for services, extending the program's existing authority to intercept gambling winnings, supporting the use of income withholding, and implementing electronic deposit for all parents who receive child support payments. Colorado's 680 child support professionals collected more than $355 million for families across the state in 2021.

For more information on how your area is celebrating Child Support Awareness Month, please contact your county human services department.

More information about child support services can be found on the Child Support Services website.

Media contact:
Alex Urbach
Communications Specialist