The figures for the Federal Fiscal Year ending 2019 have just been released, and the Nevada Child Support Program has climbed another spot to 8th in the nation on the Federal Performance Measures Rankings of all states/territories. Nevada was 9th last year, and 13th in 2017. The program has consistently improved over the last decade—sitting at the 36th spot just eight years ago. Clark County DA Family Support (DAFS) is responsible for 59% of Nevada's entire child support enforcement program caseload.
"I am very proud of the hard-working team in our DAFS division," said District Attorney Steve Wolfson. "I have watched them continually improve their practices, resulting in more efficient and effective collection of child support. This ranking is a testament to the dedication of all of our DAFS employees to help Clark County families."
The Family Support division of the District Attorney's Office is one of four divisions and has over 300 hard-working employees. This is nearly half of all the employees in the District Attorney's entire office. In the last fiscal year, DAFS collected a record $135,392,673, which is $2.9 million more than the previous year.
"In addition to the improvement in our overall national ranking, DAFS set records in the establishment of new child support orders at over 90%, along with a record in the collection of monthly child support due at over 72%," said DAFS Director Jeff Witthun. "Our team has over 50,000 open cases, and 95% of the money collected by our office goes directly to the families. This is life-changing to many of the children and families we serve."
The national ranking considers five different categories; Paternity Establishment, Current Support, Arrears, Order Rate and Cost Effectiveness. In addition to the improvement in the overall ranking, Nevada is 3rd best in the nation in the Paternity Establishment category and improved again this year in the areas of percentage of child support orders established, percentage of monthly child support collected, and percentage of cases paying on child support arrearages.