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 Issue 03.2017.03 - March 2017

Please note: This is also a courtesy distribution to all attendees of the CSDA 2017 Children & Families Policy Symposium as an opportunity to see our March Issue of OneVoice CSDA Newsletter. Attendees have not been added to our bi-monthly distribution mailing list.

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ACDCSS Listens to the Community

By Leon Fernando

Community Relations Manager, Alameda County DCSS

Providing family-focused services is an important part of the mission of child support services at the Federal, State, and local levels. For Child Support Awareness Month during August 2016, Alameda County Department of Child Support Services (ACDCSS) Director Phyllis Nance asked: “What does our community think about child support? Do they …

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Child Poverty

By Frank Mecca

Executive Director, County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA)

At the start of this year, Southern California radio station KPCC produced an in-depth piece called “Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless.” It’s an excellent and gut-wrenching look at the history of California’s CalWORKs program, statistics on the dramatic rise in homelessness …

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Kathryn Edin reveals the lives of people who live on $2 a day

By Dale Keiger

Published Winter 2015 for John Hopkins University

Kathryn Edin has been an itinerant scholar of the poor for more than 20 years. She is a sociologist who works like an anthropologist, melding numbers and narrative to examine in illuminating detail the lives of poor people all over the United States. She has worked in Austin, Texas; Baltimore; …

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How Do I Hold People Accountable?

By Dr. Frank Benest

Published in Career Compass November 28, 2016 in their monthly column from ICMA

Quit carping and create a culture of accountability. I’m a division manager in the county’s public works, parks, and buildings department. My concern is that some individual members of the division are not sufficiently accountable to the environmental goals that have been set. …

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Applying Behavioral Insights to Child Support

By Alix Haik-Bruno, M.P.S.

Child Support Program Planner, Sacramento DCSS

In 2014, California was one of eight states to receive a five-year award from the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to carry out the Behavioral Interventions for Child Support (BICS) grant...

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2017 Annual Child Support Training Conference & Expo

May 1 – 4, 2017

Did you and your team register yet?

It is CSDA Award Nomination time! Who's next?

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Meet Your Peers

Bruce Mordhorst

Director, Mendocino DCSS  

Background:  Born and raised in Wayne, Nebraska, once a Husker fan - always a Husker fan.  Was the youngest City Clerk in Nebraska back in 1974 at 22 years of age (City Clerk of my home town!!!).  Married my college sweetheart in 1974 and raised two sons.  Moved to Arizona in 1979 and became …

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Steven Eldred

Director, Orange County DCSS  

Action – Most people worked at more benign jobs to put themselves through college, but for me – I liked action! From 1979 to 1983 I worked nights, weekends, and vacations as an EMT-Paramedic in both Sacramento and San Jose to pay for college. Then after graduating in 1984 from UC Davis in Political …

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2016 OCSE Idea Lab – “Hike It Up”

By Nicole Windom-Hurd

Program Manager, Riverside DCSS  

In September 2016, the Office of Child Support Enforcement hosted the Child Support Idea Lab in San Francisco, CA. Participants included agencies from across the states of California, Arizona, Washington State, Nevada and Guam. Albert Einstein once said, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems …

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Working Child Support Cases with Mexico: An Imperial County Model

By Guillermo Fernandez Villalobos

Special Programs Coordinator, Imperial County DCSS

Thousands of residents of Imperial County, California and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico cross the international border daily for work, school, shopping, and to visit their friends and families. Although an international border separates them, these two communities have inevitably become one in almost every aspect, given that they share common …

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“Open House” To Network & Educate Community Partners

By Julie Cockerton

Program Manager, Solano County  

The Department of Child Support Services in Solano County held its first Open House networking event on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.   Originally, this event was focused on just our community partners, but soon changed course as a way to benefit the child support community. “This was our first time holding this type …

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Do you have a HOT?

By Ross Hutchings

Executive Director, CAE, Child Support Directors Association (CSDA)  

We all know about strategic planning and goal setting, developing business and operational plans. While reading several blogs and articles (CEO Coaching International; Leadership from the Core and The Start of Happiness), I came across an interesting concept that many extremely exceptional businesses have been using with great …

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Appellate Update – Wilson Decision

By Robert Lafer

Chief Legal Counsel, San Diego DCSS  

Did you know that our CSDA Appellate Committee participates on the State’s Appellate Advisory Committee to make recommendations on whether to appeal/writ trial court decisions? We also review appellate decisions to determine  …

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LPC Corner

By Colin Anderson

Lead Attorney, Yolo County DCSS  

On January 19 and 20, 2017 the Legal Practices Committee (LPC) met at the Offices of the Judicial Council in Sacramento. In each edition of One Voice, we will bring you interesting items of note from our meetings.  A standing item on the LPC agenda is to discuss any multiple parent …

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We Have The Rule! Now What?!

By Sharon Wardale-Trejo

Regional Director, Merced/Mariposa Regional DCSS  

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has published the Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs Rule (the Final Rule). Released December 20, 2016, the final rule is designed to improve and simplify program operations, modernize the child support program by expanding the use of available technologies, and …

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In the Beginning… An Interview with Reverend/ Dr. Arlene Gordon

By Ross Hutchings

Executive Director, Child Support Directors Association (CSDA)  

“It was the most enjoyable time in my working career – being there at the beginning of the creation of child support work,” commented Arlene Gordon, Doctor of Divinity, and one of the first OCSE West Coast child support  …  Read more.

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The 2017 Legal College: Why should I send my staff?

By 2017 Legal College Co-Chairs

Ron Ladage

Lead Attorney, Sacramento DCSS

Marissa de Almeida

Chief Attorney, Stanislaus DCSS

We can all agree that if there is one thing that will never stop - it is change. …

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Is it a Super Bowl budget year?

By Terri Morelock

CSDA Finance Chair & Director of Shasta County DCSS

  “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have” – Vince Lombardi  

Sunday February 5, 2017, history was again made in the world of football—the very first Super Bowl overtime game.  …

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People on the Move

Who’s going where? This is a great opportunity to let us know who is promoting and or joining your organization. These are their new positions. Would you like to let us know who is moving and where?  …

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This is your newsletter. We want to hear from you!

What would you like to see included, what would be most helpful, what would make this a look-forward-to publication? Also, share with your peers and fellow child support industry professionals your good works. If you have done something within your county that you are proud of, have some promotions …

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