Expected completion date: July 2019
Child support is working to rebrand itself to focus on personal responsibility and family engagement. To that end, we are working to provide avenues for success and barrier removals for both parents so that children have more stable families. We provide grants to several organizations that help parents overcome education, job training or other barriers to employment. The goal is to work with them to remove barriers that may be causing difficulties in the relationship they have with their child.
CSS launched the Child Support Evaders Webpage in April 2018 to request the public’s help in finding noncustodial parents who have not paid their child support in many years, and cannot be found through the means we have available. The first update to the Evaders Website was in July 2018. On August 31, 2018 in Kansas City, Wichita, Hays, Topeka and Olathe, CSS is holding their annual Amnesty Day for individuals who owe back child support and may have a bench warrant for failure to appear at a hearing to resolve the issue.
We are in the evaluation process of our Child Support Savings Initiative grant (CSSI 529) which ended in December 2017. The grant provided funds to match a payment for past due child support with a match in a child’s 529 account.
We are also working to expand our payments options with employers and obligors to allow for payments to be made by Paypal and Venmo. Outreach continues with employers to utilize electronic payments rather than traditional options when sending in payments withheld in accordance with an income withholding order. We are working with employers to add them to the list to accept Electronic Income Withholding Orders (E-IWO). We are currently working with the Social Security Administration to finalize E-IWO.