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Missouri Department of Social Services Announces Child Support Collection Increases

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The Missouri Department of Social Services announced recently that the Family Support Division's child support collections have increased again. Collections hit an all-time high with almost six-hundred-million dollars collected which is more than a five percent increase over last year. KSMU's Joe Morgan has more.

This is the third year in a row that child support collections have surpassed the half-billion dollar mark. Spokesperson for the Missouri Department of Social Service Sara Anderson says that it has been a total team effort over the past few years to achieve this much success. She says that the enforcement personnel have done a great job.

Anderson says that the yearly increases are very important to the kids.

She says that finding parents not paying child support is the biggest difficulty that the enforcement employees face on a daily basis.

Anderson says that the major responsibility for the current success is the drive of the support employees who track down the parents and make sure they are paying the right amount.

Anderson says the Department of Social Services has developed easier payment methods through advancing technology which has also helped improve child support collection. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.