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Oneida County Raises Awareness for National Child Support Month | Oneida County

Oneida County Raises Awareness for National Child Support Month | Oneida County
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Oneida County Recognizes National Child Support Awareness Month

Oneida County Raises Awareness for National Child Support Month | Oneida County

Oneida County has been recognizing National Child Support Awareness month by offering public and employee events to raise awareness of county child support services throughout August.

Importance of Parental Involvement in a Child’s Life

“We have seen time and time again that having each parent involved in a child’s life improves overall well-being,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “They are likely to do better in school, have lower dropout and incarceration rates, go on to college and lead happier and healthier adult lives. The services our Child Support Division provides give families in need the tools they need to solidify the future of these children. I thank our dedicated unit staff and all of our partners whose hard work makes a huge difference.”

Child Support Division’s Professional Services

The Oneida County Department of Family & Community Services’ (DFCS) Child Support Division provides professional services to custodial parents and guardians seeking assistance in obtaining child support. The Child Support Program is not income-based, but assists thousands of families to become self-sufficient and to not rely on public assistance. It also provides children access to medical insurance and care.

Impact and Statistics

In 2022, the Child Support Division carried 11,261 active cases and collected over $19.4 million in support payments, which are passed through to custodial parents or guardians. So far this year, the unit has 11,161 cases, 1,708 of which are families receiving temporary assistance, 5,089 of which are individuals who were formally in receipt of temporary assistance and 4,364 of which are families that have never received assistance. $11.8 million has thus far been collected for those families.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Oneida County has a history of participating in pilot projects aimed at improved service delivery and is currently involved in a demonstration project. New York State is one of 13 states across the nation awarded a federal demonstration grant for the Safe Access for Victims Economic Security (SAVES) project. Oneida County Child Support was chosen to be one of 12 counties in the state to participate in this five-year initiative. The SAVES project aims to strengthen policies, staff training and public understanding of available protections for victims of domestic violence, with the goal of increasing the number of individuals who seek and receive child support services to aid them in reaching financial security.

Commitment to Supporting One-Parent Households

“Last year, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that nearly 11 million families with children under the age of 18 are a one-parent household, and 80% of those households are maintained by a single mother,” said DFCS Commissioner Colleen Fahy-Box. “Child support is critical to the success of one-parent households by ensuring all available services are provided timely and without unnecessary dispute. We are dedicated to providing those support services to families in a safe, efficient and dependable process for the benefit of children in our community.”

Events and Appreciation

DFCS has been offering events to raise public awareness of child support services and to show appreciation to Child Support Division staff all month long including:

  1. Hosting an ice cream social for those who work closely with the unit such as other DFCS divisions, child support attorneys, and court personnel
  2. Providing education and training on new initiatives
  3. Offering outreach booths for the public at the county office building
  4. Holding a thank you luncheon for staff

The County Office Building has also been lit green and purple during August in recognition of the national awareness month campaign.

For more information on the services provided by the DFCS Child Support Division, please visit: https://ocgov.net/departments/department-of-family-and-community-services/department-of-social-services/child-support/.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators Analysis

1. Which SDGs are addressed or connected to the issues highlighted in the article?

  • SDG 1: No Poverty
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4: Quality Education
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

The article discusses the importance of child support services in improving overall well-being and providing families with the tools they need for a better future. These issues are connected to the SDGs mentioned above, which aim to address poverty, promote good health and education, achieve gender equality, ensure decent work and economic growth, reduce inequalities, and promote peace and justice.

2. What specific targets under those SDGs can be identified based on the article’s content?

  • Target 1.3: Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.
  • Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs.
  • Target 4.1: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.
  • Target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
  • Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
  • Target 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status.
  • Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.

Based on the article’s content, the identified targets are related to implementing social protection systems, ensuring access to healthcare services, promoting quality education, eliminating violence against women and girls, achieving decent work for all, promoting social inclusion, and ensuring equal access to justice.

3. Are there any indicators mentioned or implied in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets?

Yes, there are indicators mentioned in the article that can be used to measure progress towards the identified targets:

  • Number of active child support cases
  • Total amount collected in support payments
  • Number of families receiving temporary assistance
  • Number of individuals formerly in receipt of temporary assistance
  • Number of families that have never received assistance

These indicators reflect the progress made in providing child support services, ensuring financial security for families, and reducing reliance on public assistance.

SDGs, Targets, and Indicators Table

SDGs Targets Indicators
SDG 1: No Poverty Target 1.3: Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable. Number of families receiving temporary assistance
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs. Number of families with access to medical insurance and care
SDG 4: Quality Education Target 4.1: By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. Number of children accessing educational support services
SDG 5: Gender Equality Target 5.2: Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. Number of individuals benefiting from protection services for victims of domestic violence
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value. Total amount collected in support payments
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities Target 10.2: By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic, and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, or economic or other status. Number of families that have never received assistance
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Target 16.3: Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all. Number of individuals benefiting from improved access to justice services

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Source: ocgov.net

 

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