State distributes most wanted poster to find child support offenders

State distributes most wanted poster to find child support offenders The Department of Social Services (DSS) has unveiled South Dakota's latest "Most Wanted" child support poster, featuring six of the state's most evasive child support offenders.

This year's poster features three men and three women who owe, in total, $86,667 in back child support to their children, according to Terry Walter, DSS Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) administrator. The poster contains each person's photograph, physical description, last known address and amount of child support owed.

Since the start of the Most Wanted Poster Program in 1995, the OCSE has collected more than $417,000 from 51 of the 65 parents featured on the posters, Walter said.

"The Most Wanted poster is an important tool in helping to collect child support from some hard-to-find noncustodial parents," Walter said. "When the OCSE has exhausted all other location and enforcement methods, we turn to the public to help track down these offenders."

DSS distributes the posters to post offices, local law enforcement agencies, government offices and child support agencies in other states. The poster is also available on the OCSE Web site at: www.state. sd.us/social/CSE/Resources/MostWanted/poster.htm. People with information or tips on the whereabouts of those on the poster should call Child Support Enforcement at (605) 773-3641 or send an email to cse@state.sd.us.

"The majority of parents not living with their children do care about their children and pay child support," Walter said. "However, there are a few people, such as those on the poster, who do not consider payment of their child support a priority, and it is their kids who suffer."

During state fiscal year 2004 (July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004), the OCSE collected $75.5 million in child support, initiated more than 33,000 enforcement actions to collect child support payments on behalf of children and families, established paternity for more than 3,200 children born out of wedlock, established more than 2,600 new child support orders and processed more than 25,000 support modifications, Walter said.

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