The 2013 SFY statistics for the Altus Child Support Services have been released. According to the report, the Altus office had 3,987 cases in 2013, with $7,353,650 in total collections. There were also 357 paternities established - 102 ordered and 255 voluntary.
Statewide, there were over $350 million in child support collected, with 223,672 children served. It was also said that for every dollar spent by the program, $4.65 was collected in child support.
According to the report, as families receive more financial support from those with personal responsibility, they are less likely to qualify for or need assistance from benefit programs. Statistically, families who receive child support are better able to remain self-sufficient, with decreased rates of re-entry back into the welfare system, a faster rate of finding work, and a slower rate of job loss than those without regular support. Research shows child support income has a more pronounced effect on children’s education outcomes than other sources of income.
The Department of Human Services’ caseload has grown by 51 percent over the last decade. In 2003 CSS offices were responsible for 135,287 cases at year end. This number has increased to 204,646 cases in only 10 years. DHS said that they are committed to working harder and smarter for Oklahoma’s families.