ELIZABETHTOWN The Essex County Child Support team knows how to collect.
The Essex County Department of Social Services was presented with a certificate of recognition on Aug. 6 for their work. August is Child Support month in New York.
NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) Commissioner David Hansell made the presentation, explaining that Essex County ranked among the top counties in the state by collecting from non-custodial parents in better than 90 percent of all cases, significantly better than the state average 73 percent.
Child support is a vital source of income for thousands of children and families in New York and for many, is the difference between self-sufficiency and poverty, said Hansell. Studies continually show that children who receive support, financial and emotional, from both parents have a much brighter future than those who do not.
Hansell said Essex County was in the top five in the state in other performance measures used by OTDA.
Its a very important award because it shows were doing what were supposed to, and have an excellent team, said Essex County Child Support Coordinator Marsha McCarroll.
Employees were also presented with certificates for their contributions. Those recognized were Lisa Nye, Patsy Brown, Kristine Stephens, Heide King, Virginia Rotella, Linda Adams, Stacia Carpenter, Christina Whittemore, Christy Petro, Marsha McCarroll and Attorney David Scaglione.
The department also received an award in March 2006 for increasing collections by nine percent in 2005, well above the state average increase of 3.1 percent.
Essex Countys total collections for 2005 were $3,953,815 and for 2006 $4,021,460.