WHEREAS, child support strengthens families and invests in the future of our children, our communities and our state; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan child support program exists to encourage and facilitate means by which children receive the emotional and financial support they need from both parents; and,
WHEREAS, child support workers, employers, many state and county departments, hospitals, and community partners cooperate to ensure residents receive quality child support services; and,
WHEREAS, the efforts of dedicated professionals who work in the Michigan Child Support Program helped collect an average of $626,023 per worker in 2016; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support continues its national leadership role in child support collections, with $1.36 billion distributed in 2016; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to recognize the contributions of child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners. We thank them for their efforts, which support many Michigan children and families;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2017 as Child Support Month in Michigan.