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August proclaimed to be Child Support Awareness Month in Colorado

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DENVER (Aug. 1, 2023) — Gov. Jared Polis has proclaimed August to be Child Support Awareness Month, as the Colorado Division of Child Support Services continues to be a national leader in innovation and service.  

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 hosting a statewide virtual resource fair.

“I am very proud of the work our Child Support Services team does alongside our county partners to support Colorado’s families,” said Larry Desbien, director of the Division of Child Support Services. “In addition, we remain committed to being a national leader when it comes to innovation as we continue to grow and adapt to help the families we serve remain strong and thrive.”

This year, Colorado’s Child Support Services program continues to innovate. It has eliminated mandated referrals from child welfare to minimize the harmful impact such referrals can have on Colorado’s most vulnerable families. The program has also removed all gendered language from its rules and is working with a diverse set of stakeholders to ensure safe access to child support services for those who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic violence.

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

The Colorado Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) works with parents and caretakers to make sure all Colorado kids get the financial support they need to thrive. DCSS offers different types of services to meet the needs of families and is committed to providing a family-centered service delivery model that both promotes and addresses barriers to consistent child support payments.

Media contact:
John Rosa, Communications Manager