(Victor Valley)–The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) was recognized as one of the top performing local child support agencies in the state, receiving two awards at the January 16 Statewide Directors Meeting in Sacramento.
The California Department of Child Support Services recognized California’s top performing counties for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012. San Bernardino County DCSS was one of only two recipients to receive the special “Director’s Excellence Award,” which is awarded to those agencies that exceeded all performance improvement and collections goals in 2012. The department was also recognized with the “Increased Distributed Collections Award” for its significant increase in collections during the year. San Bernardino’s collections grew by 4.3% during 2012, which was one of the highest rates of increase for any county in California, and significantly higher than the State’s expectations for collections growth.
“We are proud of the hard work that all our counties perform daily,” said California DCSS Interim Director Kathleen Hrepich. “Once each year, we recognize those counties that have exceeded the annual goals set for performance in the child support program. These top performers are to be especially commended, given the difficult economic conditions in which all child support professionals operate. Higher performance means more real dollars for California’s families and children.”
San Bernardino County DCSS Director Connie Brunn praised the hard work of her staff.
“We could not have achieved this type of success without true dedication on the part of every staff member,” said Brunn. “Our performance success and efforts to maximize collections are critical factors in our agency’s ability to improve the lives of our community’s children.”
The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services, which has offices in Loma Linda, Ontario and Victorville, determines paternity, establishes and enforces child support orders, and issues payments to assist families in meeting the financial and medical needs of their children. In FFY 2012—which runs from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012—San Bernardino County DCSS collected and distributed over $169 million in child support payments. The San Bernardino County DCSS serves over 130,000 children in the largest county by area in the continental United States.
DCSS is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.