Arkansas’ Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), a division of the Department of Finance and Administration, will promote “Back in the Driver’s Seat,” during Child Support Awareness Month in August.
“Back in the Driver’s Seat” offers parents the chance to work with their local child support office to resume child support payments if they are behind on payments and their driver’s licenses were suspended due to nonpayment, according to a news release.
On July 30, Hutchinson issued a proclamation formally declaring August “Child Support Awareness Month” in Arkansas. OCSE joins Gov. Asa Hutchinson in highlighting child support awareness in August.
For the second year, OCSE invites parents to participate in “Back in the Driver’s Seat” as part of Child Support Awareness Month.
“Arkansas’ Office of Child Support Enforcement can work with child support programs in 54 states and U.S. Territories, 63 Native American Tribes, and over 35 nations to establish and collect child support,” according to the release.
Of parents who participated in “Back in the Driver’s Seat,” last year, almost 60 percent remain in the driver’s seat and are providing the support their children need, according to the release.
“There are numerous benefits to license reinstatement program,” said OCSE Administrator Alan McVey. “Releasing the hold on a driver’s license provides a resource that will allow the parent easier access to employment along with the ability to visit the child more frequently. Throughout August, we look forward to sharing the many ways child support improves the lives of children in Arkansas.”
According to a 2015 study, the number of children living in poverty nationwide would have been seven percent higher if those families had not received child support.
OCSE staff will work with parents, whether they are slightly behind on payments or have not paid for a long period of time.
“With each case presenting unique factors, there is not a certain amount or percentage of funds owed that must be paid to reach an agreement. This will be determined on a case by case basis. Upon reaching an agreement, OCSE will release any child support related holds on the individual’s driver’s license,” according to the news release.
Those interested in the “Back in the Driver’s Seat” program may contact their local child support office. A list of offices is available at https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/office-locations/child-support-offices/or by calling 1-833-319-2816.