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By Meghan McCann

Each year the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) releases a preliminary report to Congress detailing 50-state data on numerous child support measures.

holding handsThe FY2016 Preliminary Report to Congress, released earlier this year, shows that states collected nearly $33 billion dollars on behalf of the 15.6 million children served by child support enforcement programs across the country.

While collections increased slightly, the child support caseload continues to decline, down by 1.5 percent over FY 2015. The cost effectiveness of the program, however, reached a four-year high with $5.33 being collected for every $1 dollar spent on the program.

Each year, NCSL gathers this data and provides an overview. NCSL’s new State-by-State Child Support Data page provides a 50-state breakdown of total distributed collections, total arrearages, amount of current support due, total caseload and total administrative expenditures over the past four years.

Also check out the infographic created by OCSE which shows this data and compares the child support program’s reach compared to other child serving programs, including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

Meghan McCann is a senior policy specialist with NCSL’s Children and Families Program. She covers child support, child welfare and family law issues.

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