By Holliday Davis, Butte County DCSS
What are your first thoughts when you hear the words “Child Support”? Well, we are hoping that we can change your mind. The child support program has evolved leaving the prosecutorial focus of the past. We are committed to working with both parents for the benefit of their children. Our main focus is to benefit the children by helping both parents come to an agreement as to the appropriate amount of child support. We understand the importance of having both parents involved in their children’s lives. We are always looking for opportunities to have positive engagement with both parents in the child support process. Fathers, mothers, and legal guardians are the first role models children will have. We strive to provide parents and guardians the tools and knowledge needed to effectively support their children— both emotionally and financially.
To further our focus on providing the needed resources to our parents and guardians, we are actively collaborating with other Butte County departments and community partners. We are able to guide our customers to a broad array of resources that are available here in Butte County. When a parent is struggling to find a job, they can expect our office to provide information and a referral to one of the Butte Community Employment Centers. We now have information readily available on many of our other community partners such as parenting classes, supplemental nutrition programs like WIC or SNAP, family counseling services, and housing assistance. At child support we know we are not able to solve all the challenges facing Butte County families. However, we are striving to help “connect the dots” in getting our customers in touch with the other local programs that will help with their specific family needs.
As Governor Brown stated, “When parents are positively involved in their children’s lives they set the example for generations to come.” The Butte County Department of Child Support Services is striving to be a hero by supporting families within our community.
Note: Following the Butte County Board of Supervisors’ action on August 8 proclaiming Child Support Awareness Month, Holliday Davis’ “I am Butte County” employee profile was viewed at the board’s meeting. You can view Holliday’s full profile on the county’s website.