Outreach - Press Kit

Child Support Awareness

DHS has developed PSA materials to inform Iowans of services available for those who need assistance with child support issues. Below are the video link, PSA script, and a press release. The media's consideration for airing these materials is greatly appreciated.    

PSA Video


PSA Script

Child support is so much more than money. A child needs love, care and financial support of both parents. This is true even when the parents live in different households. Iowa's child support program offers services to ensure you can meet the financial and health needs of your children. Visit our website at www.childsupport.ia.gov for more details. Your child deserves your support so they can be happy, healthy and successful.  

Press Release

Did You Know – Child Support Is So Much More Than Money?
A child needs the love, care, and financial support of both parents. Iowa’s Child Support Program offers services to ensure you can meet the financial and health needs of your children. Studies show that when both parents are actively involved in raising kids, the children are better off.
The Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) helps parents establish paternity and support orders and enforces orders for support. Child support collections help families with children become self-sufficient.
In State Fiscal Year 2017, the CSRU provided services to nearly 168,000 cases. Collections totaled almost $322.3 million. 
CSRU works with families to:
• Locate parents and their employers or other income sources
• Establish paternity
• Establish support orders
• Suspend and reinstate support orders
• Modify support orders
• Register other states’ orders for enforcement or modification in Iowa
• Send and receive referrals for services to and from other states
• Enforce support orders 
• Enforce health insurance orders through a payor’s employer
• Receive and disburse child support and medical support payments
• Answer customers’ questions and concerns
Check out what the CSRU has to offer or get an application on our website at www.childsupport.ia.gov.  
You will be glad you did!
For more information, please contact:
Matt Highland