Child Support Awareness Month 2017

This August we celebrate Child Support Awareness Month (CSAM) in Sacramento County, as proclaimed by the Board of Supervisors on July 25, 2017.  The Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) is celebrating CSAM and recognizing parents who work diligently to support their children in every way.   

The theme for CSAM 2017 is:  "Give them something great to imitate."   A parent's support (financial, emotional, physical, and mental) shapes a child's future by providing the essentials to help them succeed.  Children grow and thrive with the commitment of their parents who provide for their needs and teach them by being a good role model.  As is said in a well-known quote, "Your child will follow your example, not your advice."  Since children are great imitators, parents must give them something great to imitate. 

 In the last federal fiscal year, DCSS staff helped more than 76,000 families and collected over $120 million in child support for those families.  While DCSS focuses on obtaining the financial and medical support a child needs, DCSS encourages parents to consider how all types of support from a parent will shape their child's future.  "Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be." – David Bly

Governor's Letter regarding Child Support Awareness Month

Top 10 facts about Child Support​​ 

DCSS provides the following benefits to those who open a child support case:

  • Research to locate absent parents
  • Free genetic testing when appropriate
  • Customer education  regarding court processes, guideline calculation of child support, and child support enforcement actions
  • Accurate accounting
  • Automated enforcement, including wage garnishment, tax intercepts, liens, and license suspension
  • Modification of child support orders when appropriate
  • Preparing stipulations for court approval when the parents agree upon a support amount

To contact the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services:

  • Website:

    • A DCSS case may be opened online
  • (866) 901-3212
  • 3701 Power Inn Road, Sacramento, CA (across the street from the Family Law courthouse)
    • Open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday

Contact: Jill Lucena-Machado, Department of Child Support Services – 875-7936