July 25, 2018

August is Child Support Awareness Month

BATAVIA, Ohio – Today (July 25) Commissioners recognized August as Child Support Awareness Month.

Brenda Gilreath, Assistant Director of Clermont County Child Support Services, noted that in 2017, her office collected almost $36 million on behalf of more than 13,000 families.

Gilreath said that in Ohio, more than $1.8 billion is collected annually in child support, making it one of the most crucial elements of a family’s stability. She thanked employers for being such good partners with Child Support Services, along with the courts and Sheriff’s Office.

“During Child Support Awareness Month, we recognize all parents who are deeply committed to the success of their children,” Commissioner David Painter said as he read the proclamation. “Our children’s lives count enough to make every possible effort to ensure that a solid foundation is established for every child in Clermont County.”

This year, Clermont County Child Support is participating in a statewide coloring contest for children.

Children are encouraged to create and turn in their hand-drawn artwork to the Child Support office by 4 p.m. on Aug. 31. The artwork can be dropped off or mailed to: Child Support Services, 2400 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia Ohio 45103.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three submissions ($20, $15, $10 gift cards to McDonalds) and the first-place submission will be referred to Child Support’s state office to be considered for a statewide calendar for distribution during 2020 Child Support Awareness Month.

The artwork requires an authorization by a parent or guardian. More information on the contest can be found here: https://bit.ly/2O3Xgju.