Iowa hosts National Council of Child Support Directors

Father and kids playing frisbee.

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) this year hosted the National Council of Child Support Directors (NCCSD) Annual Conference in Des Moines from June 19 - 22.

About 150 people, including state and local child support experts from across the U.S. and several foreign countries, attended the event at the Embassy Suites downtown. The theme for this year’s conference was “Coming Together in the Heartland to Help Families”. 

“This was a successful event that featured a review of important policy changes, discussed methods of better utilizing data and highlighted new tools to help families,” said Carol Eaton, bureau chief of Child Support Recovery for DHS who serves as the president of the NCCSD through September 30. “Networking and sharing ideas allows us all an opportunity to improve our efforts to help families by ensuring kids get the financial supports they need to live healthy, stable lives.”

Sessions included topics such as “Legislative and Case Law Updates,” “Millenial Parents as Agents of Change,” “Sharing Data Analytics to Feed More Kids,” “Embracing New Technologies to Help Families,” and more.

To learn more about Iowa’s Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU): http://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/17-DHS-6-4_CSRU_Narrative_1.pdf

Iowans can access services from the unit through their participation with the Family Investment Program (FIP), which provides low-income families with cash assistance, or any custodial parent in Iowa – no matter their income – can pay a one-time fee of $25 for assistance in recovering court-ordered support. In state fiscal year 2015, CSRU served more than 600,000 parents and children and processed more than $323 million in child support payments.