Every child needs financial and emotional
support. Every child has the right to this
support from both parents. Devoted parents
can be a loving and supporting force in
a child’s life. Even when parents
do not live together, they need to work
together to support their child. Without
the involvement of both parents, too many
children don’t get the chance they
need and deserve to reach their full potential.
child support enforcement program helps
parents establish a financial partnership.
Minnesota’s Department of Human Services
Child Support Enforcement Division supervises
the child support program. County child
support offices administer the program.
An important goal of the child support program
is to help families work toward becoming
or remaining self-sufficient through improved
child support collections. By working with
both parents to establish and enforce support
orders, Minnesota’s child support
program helps children receive the financial
support, medical support, and child care
support they deserve.
support services assist in establishing
paternity for children and in the collection
of child support. Although recipients of
MFIP and MA are required to use this service,
others can apply for this service for a
one-time fee of $25.
In 2011 this program's caseload totaled over 2176 cases. Of this total, approximately 2034 are non-public assistance clients 142 are public assistance clients. During a typical month, the Child Support Enforcement Unit collects more than $480,557.75 in child support payments.
In 2011 Otter Tail County Support Services collected $5,766,693.00 in child support payments. The net cost to Otter Tail County in 2011 for these collections is $391,020.00. For every County dollar spent Otter Tail County Child Support collects about $15. .