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Press Release - August is Child Support Month in Michigan

Aug 11, 2022

For Immediate Release

 

Contact:

Zenell B. Brown, Executive Court Administrator
Erin Lincoln, Deputy Court Administrator-Friend of the Court

 (313) 224-2239
 
Subject:Press Release - August is Child Support Month in Michigan

 

Detroit, MI – In recognition of the tireless efforts child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals, and community partners provide by supporting our Michigan children and parents, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2022 as Child Support Month in Michigan.

“Employees of Wayne County Friend of the Court are some of the hardest working, most passionate and dedicated people I know,” said Erin Lincoln, Wayne County Friend of the Court and Deputy Court Administrator. “They come to work every day truly caring about the families and children they serve.”

The Michigan Child Support Program is a partnership of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support (OCS), Friend of the Court offices, prosecuting attorney offices, the State Court Administrative Office, employers, hospitals, as well as other community agencies. The Michigan Child Support Program strives to help parents support their children both financially and emotionally.

The program provides professional, non-judgmental services to mothers, fathers, grandparents and guardians to get the financial resources they need for their children. It also provides parents of all income levels with assistance in obtaining financial support and medical insurance coverage for their children, helps locate parents, establishes paternity and opens and manages child support cases and collects and disburses support payments.

Recent highlights for Wayne County Friend of the Court include:

  • 276,053 cases served by the employees in 2021.
  • $293,333,265.03 collected and distributed in support for 2021.
  • 10,119 reviews and investigations to ensure child support are properly charging.
  • Zoom hearings continue for Friend of the Court Referees, increasing access to court hearings and negating the need for travel and parking costs.



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