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Performance Audit of the Child Support Enforcement Program Administered by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services , Report No. 12032, March 1993

  • Collecting child support is an on-going problem in Florida. Between October 1, 1988, through September 30, 1991, DHRS collected less than half of the monthly child support obligations of its Title IV-D caseload, and an average of 55% of these parents did not pay support on a monthly basis during this period. This problem was particularly acute for families receiving public assistance. Over the three-year period (1988-89 to 1990-91) DHRS collected 29% of the regular child support due for these families compared to 45% it collected for families it served that did not receive public assistance. DHRS served 710,822 IV-D child support cases as of March 31, 1992.
  • The Department does not have an effective system for identifying and taking enforcement actions for parents that do not pay.
  • DHRS has placed greater effort on collecting support for nonpublic assistance recipients than for those families receiving AFDC benefits. If DHRS had collected an additional 10% of child support for public assistance recipients, Florida could have received an additional $8 million in AFDC grant recoveries and incentive grants during federal fiscal year 1990-91.

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