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August 17, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


Child Support is an Investment in Our Children’s Future

August is Child Support Awareness Month

Lincoln – Parents can make a real difference in the lives of their children by providing the financial and emotional support children need to learn, grow and thrive.              

“Every child is entitled to financial and emotional support by both parents, and I believe most people want to honor their commitment to their children,” said Todd Reckling, director of the Division of Children and Family Services in the Department of Health and Human Services.  “Child support gives kids a chance for a brighter future.  It not only provides clothing, food and shelter, and after-school activities, it also creates financial stability for children and leads to healthier, more self-sufficient families.”

July 1st marked the 35th anniversary of the national child support program.   Nebraska’s child support enforcement program also began in 1975.  The program has shifted from a welfare cost recovery to a family support program over the years.

“I am extremely proud of the work of the Child Support Enforcement Unit employees and their commitment to striving for better outcomes for the families,” he said.   “We sent out over $200 million in child support in Nebraska last year.   That’s a 19 percent increase over 2005.”

Nebraska has already surpassed the federal performance standard of 90 percent paternity establishment rate for federal fiscal year 2009, which ends on September 30, 2010. 

“This is one of the most difficult federal standards to meet, and Nebraska had already reached a rate of  97.8 percent at the end of June,” Reckling said.   “By establishing paternity, we’re changing the lives of children and families across the state.”  Paternity was established for 9,818 children in Nebraska in state fiscal year 2009.

The following amounts of child support were sent out over the past five years:
2005:  $168,121,371
2006:  $174,555,556   (3.83% increase)
2007:  $183,395,038   (5.06% increase)
2008:  $196,553,460   (7.17% increase)
2009:  $200,079,877   (1.79% increase)

Go to for information about child support in Nebraska.