Quick Facts

  • Text: $31.6 Billion

    The total child support collections (including non-IV-D collections) in FY 2012

    This amount represents a 1.4% increase in one year. See the OCSE FY 2012 Preliminary Report for details.    

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    Operate comprehensive tribal child support programs

    Seven more tribes receive funds to put a program in place.

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    Of custodial families with incomes at or below federal poverty level received child support services in 2009

    Learn about characteristics of custodial families from an Urban Institute report, available on the OCSE website.

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    The record number of persons ages 5 and older who speak Spanish at home, according to the Pew Research Center

    See the news story about the Pew analysis based on the 2011 American Community Survey.

  • A toddler girl and teenage girl, with text: $241,080

    The cost of raising a child from birth to age 18

    You can estimate the annual cost of raising a child using an educational tool based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

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    Children served by the child support program

    In addition, the child support program serves half of all poor children and their families. See the Reentry Council Snapshots on child support and other reentry topics, on the Justice Center website.

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    Children under age 18 with a parent in prison

    This represents an increase of almost 80 percent between 1991 and 2007, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Learn about activities to help children of incarcerated parents in a fact sheet from a federal interagency partnership.

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    First signs show for half of all mental health disorders

    In addition, three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24. See myths and facts about mental health on the new HHS website mentalhealth.gov.

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    The number of people located through the Federal Parent Locator Service in 2010

    See the FPLS web page to learn more.

Quick Facts

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      Percentage of child support collections that went to families in FY 2013

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      Percentage of child support collected through income withholding from employee paychecks in FY 2013

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      Amount of child support that state and tribal programs collected in FY 2013

    • Red, white, and blue illustration of text: 10,000 Veterans

      About half the states have more than 10,000 veterans in their child support caseload

      Learn more from the OCSE fact sheet Veterans in the Child Support Caseload.

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      The number of hits to our website in the past year

      We continue to make enhancements. See the improved Policy page.

    • Text: 72%; illustration of arrows pointing in two directions to dollar bills

      Of total child support collections in FY 2012 were from income withholding

      Income withholding increased by 3 percent, to $22.9 billion. See the OCSE FY 2012 Preliminary Report for details.