The following report appears to indicate that Child Support Obligors NCPs, are not only paying Child Support, but also paying for Foster Care. Note paragraph one enlarged reference to where $24 Billion dollars was distributed. Is this insane or what? Does anyone know why some of these funds are going toward Foster Care agencies?
Office of Child Support Enforcement
FY 2008 Preliminary Report
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Preliminary Report highlights financial and statistical program achievements which occurred in Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. The information was retrieved from State-submitted reports on program status sent to the Federal government on a quarterly and annual basis. In general, results are very positive and indicate that
$26.6 billion in child support payments was collected
over $24 billion was distributed to families or Foster Care agencies
; 1.8 million paternities were established and acknowledged; and 1.2 million child support orders were established.
Note: The Child Support Performance and Incentive Act of 1998 (CSPIA) required the States to have complete and reliable data for purposes of computing incentives. Federal auditors begin their review of State data after the mandatory December 31st deadline for data submission. Readers should note that no determination or assumption has been made in this report regarding data reliability for each State for fiscal year 2008. The numbers are presented as submitted to OCSE.
Caseload. OCSE defines a child support case as a parent (mother, father, or putative father) who is now or eventually may be obligated under law for the support of a child or children receiving services under the Child Support Program, Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. A current assistance case is one in which the children are: (1) recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act or; (2) entitled to Foster Care maintenance payments under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. In addition, the children’s support rights have been assigned by a caretaker to the State and a referral to the State IV-D agency has been made. A former assistance case is a case in which the children were formerly receiving Title IV-A (AFDC or TANF) or Title IV-E (Foster Care) services.
A never assistance case is a case in which the children are receiving services under the Title IV-D program, but are not currently eligible for and have not previously received TANF and Foster Care assistance. This includes cases in which the family is receiving child support services as a result of a written application (including cases in which children are receiving State, not Title IV-E, Foster Care services) or a case in which they are Medicaid recipients not receiving additional assistance.
There were 15.7 million cases in the Child Support Enforcement Program in FY 2008,
a slight decrease of 0.5 percent in the caseload from FY 2007. In FY 2008, there were 2.0 million current assistance cases, a decrease of 4.1 percent from FY 2007; 7.1 million former assistance cases, a decrease of 1.8 percent from FY 2007; and 6.6 million never assistance cases reported, an increase of 2.1 percent from FY 2007 (Table 2). The overall decrease in caseload was due to a drop in the number of current assistance and former assistance families between fiscal years 2007 and 2008.
Paternities Established. Paternity establishment involves the legal establishment of fatherhood for a child. One way paternity can be established is by a voluntary acknowledgement signed by both parents as part of an in-hospital or other acknowledgement program.
In FY 2008, about 1.8 million paternities were established or acknowledged, of which 1.2 million involved in-hospital or other paternity acknowledgments.
Orders Established. Nearly 1.2 million child support orders were established in FY 2008, representing a 1.3 percent increase over the number established in FY 2007 (Table 2). In FY 2008, current assistance orders accounted for 16.6 percent of these orders, former assistance orders accounted for 32.5 percent, and never assistance orders accounted for 50.8 percent of the support orders established.
Collections Distributed. Total distributed child support collections amounted to $26.6 billion in FY 2008 (shown in Tables 1, 3, and 7). This is a 6.9 percent increase over the amount collected and distributed in FY 2007.
Collections Received. In FY 2008, over $32.2 billion was received for child support through different methods of collection, such as income withholding, unemployment compensation interception, and State or Federal tax refund offsets. Overall, 68.0 percent of payments were collected via income withholding; 2.0 percent from unemployment compensation; 9.0 percent from tax offsets; 16.4 percent from other sources; 4.3 percent from other States, and 0.4 percent from other countries (Figure 7).
Collections per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Staff. There were 59,995 FTE staff working in the States and jurisdictions in the Child Support Enforcement Program in FY 2008 (Table 2). Nationally, the amount of child support collected per FTE was over $443,000 compared to the $414,000 per FTE in FY 2007, a 7.1 percent increase.
Expenditures. Total administrative expenditures were $5.9 billion in FY 2008, a 5.1 percent increase over those in the previous year. The Federal share of expenditures was $3.7 billion, and the State share was $2.2 billion (Table 1).
Collections Due and Distributed. The total amount of current support due for FY 2008 was over $31 billion. Over $19 billion, or 62 percent of that amount was collected and distributed, an increase of 3.3 percentage points over the percentage of current support collected and distributed in FY 2007.
The total amount of arrearages reported for all previous fiscal years was over $105 billion and over $8 billion of these arrearages was collected and distributed in FY 2008, an increase of 13 percent over the amount of arrears collected and distributed in FY 2007 (Table 5).
Over 11 million cases had arrears
due and in FY 2008, over 7.1 million or 63 percent of these cases had collections (Table 6). In addition, increases were noted for total cases in which a collection was made. Preliminary data reveal that there are 8.9 million cases with collections, which represents a 2.8 percent increase over the number of total cases with collections in FY 2007 (Table 2).
The total number of cases with an order established in FY 2008 was 12.4 million. This represents a 0.4 percent increase over the number of cases with orders established in the previous fiscal year (Table 2).
The total number of children in the Title IV-D caseload in FY 2008 was 17.0 million, a 0.5 percent decrease from the 17.1 million children in the Title IV-D caseload in FY 2007 (Table 2).
There were 26 comprehensive Tribal Child Support Enforcement Programs in FFY 2008. These Tribes distributed nearly $20 million in total collections in FY 2008 (Table 15), a 22.7 percent increase from the $16 million in FY 2007. There were 29,251 cases in the Tribal Program caseload (Table 18), a 0.8 percent increase from FY 2007; over 18,000 children with paternity established (Table 21), a 20.7 percent increase from FY 2007; and a total of 13,928 support orders established (Table 19), a 10.8 percent increase from FY 2007.
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