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And The #CampusCrawl Winners Are…

With over 1,000 votes cast via Facebook and a whole lotta comments, our  #CampusCrawl was a success. Each student put his/her best style forward, but there could only be 3 official winners (the social media winners will be announced shortly). Shout out to Anastasia with nearly 300 Facebook shares cast on her behalf, Nyne Lyves’ “champion” look, and Furhaad in threads the Queen would even praise. All three will be gifted boots from UGG Australia’s new collection, and hold the #CampusCrawl title…until next year! Congrats!

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHILD SUPPORT DIVISION SETS RECORD WITH $2.3 BILLION IN CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTIONS

US Fed News Service, Including US State News November 28, 2007 The Texas Attorney General issued the following news release:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Child Support Division set a new record by collecting more than $2.3 billion in child support for the state fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. The $2.3 billion in collections surpassed the previous year’s all-time record by $243 million and marks the fifth consecutive year that child support collections have exceeded previous records. The Abbott administration’s child support collections total more than $9.5 billion.

“Protecting Texas children is our top priority. The Office of Attorney General is committed to collecting child support that provides our kids with the resources they need to grow healthy and strong,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated child support team, collections continue to grow, giving children across the state hope of a promising future.” In August 2007, the Attorney General’s Child Support Division was recognized as the nation’s best child support program by the National Child Support Enforcement Association. Texas’ collections have grown more than any state over the previous one-, five-, and 10-year periods.

Families who receive child support attribute the successful outcome of their enforcement cases to the efforts of child support employees across the state. Aggressive enforcement action by the Missouri City child support office recouped a $56,000 payment from a Houston father of three who ignored his child support obligation for years.

To express her appreciation, the children’s mother wrote, “I do not think I am exaggerating when I say that these people have probably helped transform our lives and have given us the hope and renewed belief that we needed to keep going.” She continued: “These individuals went beyond what was strictly required by their jobs and did all that was possible, not just what was reasonable, in order to bring [the children's father] before the courts. For this, my children and I will be forever grateful.” Another mother from Keller commended the Fort Worth field office’s work to obtain regular support payments for her three children. That mother wrote, “Thank you for all the hard work you do. My children and I have security in knowing that we will receive money each month because of you.” The Attorney General’s Child Support Division helps families conduct their lives with dignity. The $2.3 billion collected last year helped more than 270,000 parents who once received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families maintain self-sufficiency without public assistance. this web site child support md

Attorney General Abbott continued: “By collecting record levels of child support, we are not only serving children who depend on us for much-needed support, but we are also serving taxpayers. We are ensuring that parents take responsibility for their children, so they are less dependent on taxpayer-funded programs for assistance.” Other important ways the Child Support Division helped children and families in Fiscal Year 2007 include:

* The Child Support Division obtained court orders obligating 53,000 parents to pay child support. A court order is required to make a parent legally responsible to pay child support.

* Eighty-three percent of the money collected in 2007 was made possible by withholding income from a parent’s paycheck.

* When other enforcement efforts fail, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) seeks jail time for delinquent parents who ignore court orders to pay child support obligations. In the last fiscal year, more than 4,000 parents were incarcerated for failing to pay child support.

* The OAG’s 24-hour toll-free automated voice response system (800-252-8014) handled more than 25 million calls during the last fiscal year. With one phone call, parents who pay child support and parents who receive child support can obtain information about recent child support payments; dates and locations of pending court hearings; dates of service on current legal actions; availability of genetic test results; and child support amounts due. here child support md

* The Child Support Division helped more than 100,000 couples voluntarily acknowledge paternity at the hospital when their children were born. More than half of the 1.2 million children served by the Attorney General’s Child Support Division were born to unmarried parents. Under Texas law, a child born to a man and woman who are not married has no legal father. The OAG works with hospitals to help unmarried mothers and fathers voluntarily acknowledge paternity, so the father’s name can appear on the birth certificate and the children can be eligible for child support, Social Security, veteran’s survivor benefits and health insurance.

* Child Support Interactive, located on the main Attorney General Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us, received more than 14 million visits in the last fiscal year. The site provides general information about the child support program and applying for services. Those with child support cases can obtain specific case information from a secure section of the site.

* The Texas Debit Card provides an alternative to receiving child support payments by mail. The card has saved taxpayers $2.4 million since its introduction in 2006, because costs to process and mail paper checks are eliminated.