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County adept at collecting child support

December 23, 2012

The Child Support Division of the Washington County Department of Social Services collected and disbursed more than $15.1 million in child-support payments to county families in the federal fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

This represents an increase of $383,500, or 2.6 percent, over the previous year’s collection rate.

The Maryland Department of Human Resources recently recognized Washington County DSS for its improved performance in meeting four statewide priority goals for the fiscal year.

All Maryland counties competed for gold, silver and bronze awards based on performance rankings in four categories.

The Child Support Division received silver awards for its performance in the support collections, paternity establishments and cases paying on arrears categories; it received a bronze award for establishment of court orders.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the work we do on behalf of the children in Washington County,” said David A. Engle, director of the Washington County Department of Social Services. “We will continue to aggressively use the tools at our disposal to ensure children benefit from the financial support of both parents.”

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Maryland families benefited from a record $25 million increase in child support collections last year; a total $14,722,151 was disbursed to care for children.

Washington County DSS is a field office of the Maryland Department of Human Resources under the direction of Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Secretary Ted Dallas.

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