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August was Child Support Awareness Month

The Cuyahoga County Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) celebrates, recognizes, and brings awareness to federal, state, and county professionals who help children and families thrive and initiatives that support them. This year, we kicked off festivities with the Cuyahoga County Family Fun Day on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Public Square, which featured many fun and exciting activities and resources for children and families.

OCSS supports parents and promotes parental responsibility so that children receive support from both parents even when they live in separate households by making our services fair, simple and respectful. OCSS implements initiatives like Families Forward, a job training program for parents who owe child support. Likewise, the child support program is a service to our citizens to ensure children receive the resources and services to lead secure and healthy lives. The agency manages the collection and distribution of monthly child support, spousal support obligations, and past due obligations. OCSS provides a wide range of family support services to residents of Cuyahoga County:

OCSS Director,Tiffany Dobbins-Brazelton notes that “one of our goals is to create a family-centered child support program that promotes on-time and consistent support. We are creating a positive environment that prioritizes our customers and values our employees.”

   Fast Facts

  • 1 in 3 children are involved in Ohio’s child support program. OCSS strives to connect people with the opportunity to live their best lives.
  • President Bill Clinton established August as National Child Support Awareness Month in 1995, noting that “Providing for our children is one of humanity’s worthiest and most fundamental endeavors…”
  • In 2018, Governor John Kasich declared that “the strength of our families and the continuing success of our State depend on our efforts to support our children today”. The OCSS is pleased to continue the tradition and service the residents of Cuyahoga County by partnering with parents to create a family-centered child support program that promotes on-time and consistent support

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Watch the Child Support Changes video.

For more information, visit the Child Support Services Payment Information Page.

blue arrow with words Families Forward in orangeFREE Training Opportunity for a Limited Time! Only for parents that owe child support in Cuyahoga County.

Are you ready to take the next step towards a career for you and your family?

  • Learn from experts with proven connections to good jobs.
  • We provide one-on-one support so you can focus on your success!
  • No prior experience needed to qualify for FREE trainings!
Visit us online to learn more and how to qualify.

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Families Forward is part of a national study that seeks to find ways to help improve the lives of parents and children. 

Families Forward is made possible through collaboration between MDRC, The Cuyahoga County Office of Child Support Services, the State Office of Child Support (OCS), and the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE).

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Cleveland, OH  44114-2908

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