The Placer County Department of Child Support Services is taking its show on the road this month.
In recognition of Child Support Awareness Month, department child support professionals will be available to the public at select locations throughout the county during August.
August is traditionally designated by Placer County and the State of California as a time to highlight the services available to parents to ensure their children have the financial and medical resources they need to succeed.
Placer County Child Support Services is taking the awareness campaign even more literally this year, setting up outdoor information booths all the way from Roseville to Tahoe City. Locations were chosen in an effort to reach out to members of the community who might not have convenient access to the department’s Rocklin and Carnelian Bay offices.
“Child support has a real impact on the lives and well-being of Placer County children and families,” said Janine Martindale, a child support specialist with the department. “We want everyone who could possibly benefit from these services to be aware of their existence.”
“We want to make sure the public knows the department is here to serve the needs of the community,” said Child Support Specialist Katherine Owens. “That was a key consideration when we selected locations for this month’s events – we wanted to reach out to members of the community who might not have convenient access to the department’s Rocklin and Carnelian Bay offices.”
In partnership with local outlets of businesses such as Target and Walmart, the department will be giving away raffle tickets for backpacks filled with back-to-school supplies at each event. Child support professionals will also be on hand to answer questions about paternity, how to open a case and how to modify a court order when financial or custody circumstances change.
Last year, Child Support Services collected over $22 million on behalf of families, approximately $1 million more than the previous year, while consistently ranking near the top of all counties in terms of cost-effectiveness.