Activities Planned to Mark Child Support Awareness Month

DAYTON, OH (July 28, 2022) –Montgomery County will illuminate the Administration Building green from Aug. 1-6 to kick off Child Support Awareness Month. Several activities are also planned throughout the month of August to raise awareness about the importance of child support and the services available to custodial and non-custodial parents.

More than 55,000 children in Montgomery County benefit from Ohio’s child support program, with a total of nearly $100,000,000 collected each year.

“We have contact with more than 100,000 customers needing help navigating the child support program every year, and we have several programs designed to streamline the process for parents and their children,” said Sarah Fields, Assistant Director for Child Support. “Awareness months like this are key to connecting Montgomery County residents with the resources we offer.”

The Child Support Division offers a wide range of services to help parents meet the needs of their children. Those include establishing and enforcing child support orders, establishing paternity, legal assistance, managing past due support and free parenting time agreements for qualifying parents.

Other awareness activities include a special driver’s license reinstatement opportunity, Wear Green Day on Aug. 3 and a coloring contest.

The driver’s license reinstatement opportunity will run all month and will allow parents who’ve had their licenses suspended due to non-payment of support to have their suspension lifted by paying one month of back support instead of the standard three months. The program is not a debt forgiveness, but a chance for parents to re-engage to help restore driving and earning capabilities for the sake of their children. Parents can call 937-225-4058 for assistance Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

County employees as well as the public are invited to wear green on Wednesday, Aug. 3, to show support for families who benefit from Ohio’s child support program.

All Montgomery County children are also invited to participate in a special coloring contest during the month of August. Children ages 1-5 can color this flower coloring sheet while children ages 6-10 can color this bird coloring sheet. A backpack full of school supplies will be awarded as a prize for each age group. Submissions must be turned in or postmarked by the end of business on Wednesday, Aug. 31. More information is available online.

Parents can visit The Job Center at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Child Support assistance. Live online chat support is offered during the same hours. The Call Center can be reached at 937-225-4600 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

Customers can also send messages to the Agency, check balances and make payments using the Ohio Child Support Mobile App, available for both iOS and Android devices. More information is available at mcsea.org.