The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors will proclaim August as Child Support Awareness Month during the August 18, 2015 board meeting. countyslo-150x150

“We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding child support program in our county,” said Board Chair Supervisor, Debbie Arnold.

The Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is conducting a few community events to show support of children.  DCSS is partnering with United Way and their “Stuff the Bus” campaign to present backpacks and school supplies to children in need. Fundraising efforts kicked off on June 1 and will continue through the end of July.

DCSS will have a booth at the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market on August 27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Staff will provide guidance and resources to those interested in opening a case for child support services. DCSS wants to connect with the community and encourage financial, medical and emotional involvement from both parents to enhance the well-being of children and the self-sufficiency of families.

This year’s state slogan for Child Support Awareness Month is “Giving them roots to reach for the sky.”  Raising a child is like growing a tree in that with each gift of love and attention they receive, new growth occurs.  Children grow and thrive with the commitment of family members to provide for their needs, as well as opportunities for enriching their minds. This is especially important when a family’s structure changes while the needs of their children stay the same. Which is why for 1.3 million children, meeting those needs also requires the commitment of child support professionals who help families all over California participate in California’s child support program.