State Child Support Oversight Entities

5/5/2017

Tennessee Capitol BuildingStates play a critical role in collecting child support. All states and territories operate a child support enforcement program, usually in the human services or resources department, department of revenue, or the attorneys general office. These entities frequently work with the help of prosecuting attorneys, other law enforcement agencies, and the juvenile or family and domestic relations courts.

Child support program structures vary widely from state to state. Some states have centralized programs with local service offices. Other states have county-operated programs in which the counties are nearly independent of each other in their procedures, forms and requirements. 

In addition to state agency structure, the legislative committees that hear and vote on child support policy vary across states. Generally, either the state judiciary or human services committees, or their equivalents, are the legislative committees of jurisdiction. This, of course, can vary depending on the nature of the legislation.

The table below lists each state, the legislative committees of jurisdiction in both the house and senate chambers, and the administrative office, division, bureau and/or department.

State Child Support Oversight Entities

STATE

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, DIVISION, BUREAU AND/OR DEPARTMENT

House/Assembly

Senate

Alabama 

House Children & Senior Advocacy

House Judiciary

Senate Children, Youth Affairs & Human Resources

Senate Judiciary

Department of Human Resources, Child Support Enforcement Division

Alaska

House Children & Senior Advocacy

House Judiciary

Senate Children, Youth Affairs & Human Resources

Senate Health and Social Services

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Services Division, Department of Revenue

Arizona

House Children and Family Affairs

House Judiciary

House Reform and Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Safety & Human Services

Division of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Economic Security

Arkansas

House Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs

House Judiciary

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Health, Welfare & Labor

Office of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Finance and Administration

California

Assembly Human Services

Assembly Judiciary

Assembly Public Safety

Senate Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Safety

Department of Child Support Services

Colorado

House Judiciary

House Public Health Care & Human Services

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Division of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Human Services

Connecticut

Joint Human Services

Joint Judiciary

Joint Committee on Children

Department of Social Services, Office of Child Support Services

Delaware

House Health and Human Development

House Judiciary

Senate Children, Youth & Families

Senate Health and Social Services

Senate Judiciary

Division of Child Support Services, Health and Social Services

District of Columbia

Human Services

Judiciary

Judiciary and Public Safety

Child Support Services Division, Office of the Attorney General

Florida

House Health and Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Enforcement, Department of Revenue

Georgia

House Children & Youth

House Health and Human Services

House Judiciary

House Judiciary Non-Civil

House Juvenile Justice

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Senate Judiciary

Senate Judiciary Non-Civil

Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services

Guam

Health and Human Services, Senior Citizens, Economic Development & Election Reform

 

Public Safety, Law Enforcement & Judiciary

Youth, Cultural Affairs, Procurement, General Government Operations & Public Broadcasting

 

Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Enforcement Division

Hawaii

House Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Human Services

Senate Human Services and Housing

Senate Judiciary

Senate Judiciary and Labor

Child Support Enforcement Agency, Department of the Attorney General

Idaho

House Health and Welfare

House Judiciary, Rules and Administration

Senate Health and Welfare

Senate Judiciary and Rules

Bureau of Child Support Services, Department of Health and Welfare

Illinois

House Human Services

House Judiciary

House Judiciary - Civil

Senate Civil Law

Senate Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Division of Child Support Services, Department of Healthcare and Families Services

Indiana

House Family, Children and Human Affairs

House Judiciary

House Public Policy

Senate Civil Law

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Policy

 

Child Support Bureau, Department of Child Services

Iowa

House Human Resources

House Judiciary

Senate Human Resources

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Recover Unit, Department of Human Services

Kansas

House Children & Seniors

House Health & Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Health & Welfare

Child Support Services, Department for Children and Families

Kentucky

House Health & Welfare

House Judiciary

House Veterans, Military Affairs & Public Protection

Senate Health & Welfare

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Enforcement Program, Department for Income Support, Cabinet for Families and Children

Louisiana

House Civil Law and Procedure

House Health and Welfare

House Judiciary

Senate Health and Welfare

Senate Judiciary A

Department of Children and Families Services, Child Support Enforcement

Maine

Joint Health and Human Services

Joint Judiciary

Child Support, Division of Support Enforcement & Recovery

Maryland

House Judiciary

House Ways and Means

Senate Finance

Senate Judicial Proceedings

Child Support Enforcement Administration, Department of Human Resources

Massachusetts

Joint Judiciary

Joint Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities

Child Support Enforcement Division, Department of Revenue

Michigan

House Families, Children and Seniors

House Judiciary

Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Office of Child Support, Department of Human Services

Minnesota

House Civil Law

House Health & Human Services Reform

House Health and Human Services Finance

House Judiciary Finance and Policy

House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance

Senate Health, Human Services & Housing

Senate Judiciary

Senate Rules and Administration

Office of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Human Services

Mississippi

House Judiciary A

House Public Health & Human Services

House Public Health and Human Services

House Youth & Family Affairs

Senate Judiciary, Division A

Senate Public Health & Welfare

Senate Public Health and Welfare

Division of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Human Services

Missouri

House Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities

House Civil and Criminal Proceedings

House Judiciary

Senate Judiciary, Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence

Senate Seniors, Families and Pensions

Department of Social Services, Family Support Services

Montana

House Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Health, Welfare & Safety

Child Support, Department of Public Health & Human Services

Nebraska

Unicameral Judiciary

Unicameral Health & Human Services

Child Support Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services

Nevada

Assembly Health and Human Services

Assembly Judiciary

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, Child Support Enforcement Program

New Hampshire

House Children and Family Law

House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

House Judiciary

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Health, Education and Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Division of Child Support Services, Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey

Assembly Human Services

Assembly Judiciary

Assembly Women & Children

Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens

Senate Judiciary

Senate Law and Public Safety

Office of Child Support Services, Department of Human Services

New Mexico

House Judiciary

House Labor & Human Resources

House Safety and Civil Affairs

Senate Judiciary

Senate Public Affairs 

Child Support Enforcement Division, Department of Human Services

New York

Assembly Children and Families

Assembly Codes

Assembly Judiciary

Assembly Social Services

Assembly Women’s Issues

Senate Children and Families

Senate Codes

Senate Judiciary

Senate Social Services

Division of Child Support Enforcement, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

North Carolina

House Children, Youth and Families

House Health & Human Services

House Judiciary

House Judiciary III

Senate Judiciary I

Senate Judiciary II

Senate Mental Health & Youth Services

Office of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Health and Human Services

North Dakota

House Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Enforcement Program, Department of Human Services

Ohio

House Finance

House Judiciary

Senate Civil Justice

Senate Finance

Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services

Office of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Human Services and Job and Family Services

Oklahoma

House Children, Youth and Family Services

House Human Services

House Judiciary

House Judiciary and Civil Procedure

Senate Health & Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Services, Department of Human Services

Oregon

House Children and Youth

House Human Services and Housing

House Judiciary

House Children and Youth

House Human Services and Housing

House Judiciary

Division of Child Support, Department of Justice

Pennsylvania

House Children & Youth

House Judiciary

Senate Aging & Youth

Senate Judiciary

Child Support Program, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Human Services

Puerto Rico

House Social Welfare

House Judiciary & Ethics and House Youth Affairs & Public Security

Senate Pubic Safety and Judicial Affairs

Senate Health & Social Welfare

Administration for Child Support Enforcement

Rhode Island

House Health, Education & Welfare

House Judiciary

Senate Health & Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Office of Child Support Services, Department of Human Services

South Carolina

House Judiciary

Senate Judiciary

Integrated Child Support Services, Department of Social Services

South Dakota

House Health & Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Health & Human Services

Senate Judiciary

Senate State Affairs

Division of Child Support, Department of Social Services

Tennessee

House Children & Family Affairs

House Civil Justice

House Consumer & Human Resources

House State & Local Government

Senate General Welfare, Health & Human Resources

Senate Judiciary

Senate State & Local Government

Child Support Division, Department of Human Services

Texas

House Human Services

House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Jurisprudence

Senate State Affairs

Child Support Division, Office of the Attorney General

Utah

House Health and Human Services

House Judiciary

House Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice

Child Support Services, Department of Human Services

Vermont

House Human Services

House Judiciary

Senate Health and Welfare

Senate Judiciary

Office of Child Support, Department for Children and Families

Virginia

House Courts of Justice

House Health, Welfare and Institutions

Senate Courts of Justice

Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services

Division of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Social Services

Virgin Islands

 

 

 

 

Department of Justice, Paternity and Child Support Division

Washington

House Early Learning and Human Services

House Judiciary

House Juvenile Justice and Family Law

House Public Safety

Senate Human Services and Corrections

Senate Judiciary

Senate Law and Justice

Division of Child Support Department of Social & Health Services

West Virginia

House Health and Human Resources

House Judiciary 

Senate Children and Poverty

Senate Health and Human Resources

Senate Judiciary

Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Child Support Enforcement

Wisconsin

Assembly Children and Families

Assembly Family Law

Assembly Judiciary

Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Judiciary and Labor

Senate Judiciary and Public Safety

Child Support Program

Wyoming

Joint Labor, Health & Social Services

Joint Judiciary

Department of Family Services, Child & Home Support Division

Source: Child Support Websites and General Contact Information; NCSL Research

*PLEASE NOTE: The National Conference of State Legislatures is an organization serving state legislators and their staff. We cannot offer legal advice or assistance with individual cases, but we do try to answer questions on general topics.

About This NCSL Project

NCSL staff in D.C. and Denver can provide comprehensive, thorough, and timely information on critical child support policy issues. We provide services to legislators and staff working to improve state policies affecting children and their families. NCSL's online clearinghouse for state legislators includes resources on child support policy, financing, laws, research and promising practices. Technical assistance visits to states are available to any state legislature that would like training or assistance related to this topic.

The Denver-based child support project staff focuses on state policy, tracking legislation and providing research and policy analysis, consultation, and technical assistance specifically geared to the legislative audience. Denver staff can be reached at (303) 364-7700 or cyf-info@ncsl.org.

NCSL staff in Washington, D.C. track and analyze federal legislation and policy and represent state legislatures on child support issues before Congress and the Administration. Staff in D.C. can be reached at (202) 624-5400 or cyf-info@ncsl.org.

The child support project and D.C. human services staff receive guidance and support from NCSL's Standing Committee on Health & Human Services.