Child Support Is So Much More Than Money

A child needs the love, care, and financial support of both parents. Iowa’s Child Support Program offers services to ensure you can meet the financial and health needs of your children. Studies show that when both parents are actively involved in raising kids, the children are better off.
The Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) helps parents establish paternity and support orders and enforces orders for support.  Child support collections help families with children become self-sufficient.
Anyone can apply for child support services and pay a $25 application fee.
In State Fiscal Year 2017, the CSRU provided services to nearly 168,000 cases. Collections totaled almost $322.3 million. 
"Our child support program helps secure financial and emotional support for children from both parents," said DHS Director Jerry R. Foxhoven. "Timely support is essential to family sufficiency, and we work hard to collect support in the month it's due and make it easy for employers to deduct child support from wages." 
CSRU works with families to:
Locate parents and their employers or other income sources
Establish paternity
Establish support orders
Suspend and reinstate support orders
Modify support orders
Register other states’ orders for enforcement or modification in Iowa
Send and receive referrals for services to and from other states
Enforce support orders 
Enforce  health insurance orders through a payor’s employer
Receive and disburse child support and medical support payments
Answer customers’ questions and concerns
Check out what the CSRU has to offer or get an application on our website at  
You will be glad you did!