child support

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Sedgwick County will hold its annual Child Support Bench Warrant Amnesty Day on Friday, offered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families . The event is targeted at non-custodial parents who have fallen behind on child support payments and are facing arrest. Parents can pay $500 or two months' worth of child support -- whichever is less -- to have their bench warrants lifted. Speaking at the Wichita mayor's weekly briefing on Thursday, local organizer Kelly O’Malia said people might...

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The Kansas Department for Children and Families announced a new effort to increase child support collections for Kansas families. The agency’s Child Support Services division has started sending text messages to remind non-custodial parents of their obligation. The text messages are an attempt to encourage people to pay their child support. Texts will be sent out when the parent is 45 days late with a payment. The initial message went to 100,000 parents. The text includes the court order...

Brownback Donor Gets Child Support Contract

Jun 20, 2013

A Mississippi company run by one of Gov. Sam Brownback's donors has been awarded one of the four contracts to privatize Kansas child support enforcement.

Contracts have been awarded to four vendors, who will take over the duties of child support collection in Kansas next September. State officials say those who avoid paying their obligations can expect a more aggressive approach.

Kansas Department for Children and Families spokeswoman Theresa Freed predicts the four contractors will increase the amount of child support collected in Kansas. She says the department projects an increase of $52 million dollars in collections over the...