St. Joseph Co. child support measures exceed state, national averages

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Prosecuting Attorney Michael A. Dvorak released the following statement Monday:

For the first time, St. Joseph County is "green" in all four federal child support performance measures.

This means that the county has exceeded both the state and national performance averages in all four key federal performance measures for child support from last year.

The four key performance measures are Paternity Establishment Ratio, Support Order Ratio, Support Collections Ratio, and Cases Paying on Arrears Ratio.

Of the six largest counties in Indiana, St. Joseph County is the only county currently to have exceeded the state and federal performance averages on the Child Support Bureau's County Key Metrics Report for May 2014 (the other counties being Marion, Lake, Allen, Vanderburgh, and Elkhart).

Additionally, the Child Support Division has exponentially improved in all four categories since
Michael A. Dvorak took Office as the Prosecuting Attorney in 2003.

Our Order Establishment, for example, increased from 78% in 2002 to 97% currently.

The Current Support Collections also dramatically increased from that time period, from 43% to 64% currently.

"These dramatic increases in performance are a testament to the hard work and determination of my staff to improve the lives of children," explained Prosecuting Attorney Michael A. Dvorak. "We obtain a support order for nearly all of the children we serve, and, once obtained, we are collecting over 64% of the current support due. We are now doing a better job of providing regular meaningful support for the children we serve. I would like to congratulate the Child Support Division of my Office for all of its dedication and hard work."

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