November 19, 2002
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WISCONSIN RANKS HIGH FOR CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTIONFederal data shows Wisconsin consistently ranks in
the top ten states for collections
MADISON – Department of Workforce Development Secretary Jennifer
Alexander announced today Wisconsin consistently ranks among the top ten
states for its collection of child support based on several measurements
by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) of federal
fiscal year 2001 data.
Wisconsin ranks second in the nation for its collection of child
support per full-time employee, collecting approximately $553,000 compared
to a national average of $313,000.
"Wisconsin has a tradition of outpacing the national average when
it comes to the collection of child support. It is because of the hard
work at the state and county levels that we are able to tout our high
ranking year after year. This translates into more money for families in
need," said Secretary Alexander.
Wisconsin ranked in the top 10 for child support collection in four
additional areas according to the report released by the OCSE. They
- Wisconsin ranked seventh for its cost effectiveness (dollars
collected versus dollars spent) collecting $6.06 for every dollar
spent compared to a national average of $4.18.
- Wisconsin ranked sixth for the percentage of cases with child
support orders that had a collection reaching 83%, compared to a
national average of 68%.
- Wisconsin ranked ninth for its collections per case at $1,672,
compared to a national average of $1,111.
- Wisconsin ranked ninth for its total collections of $583,722,323
compared to a national average of $351,066,613.
"These rankings are especially encouraging when you consider at
least 17 other states have a higher population and 14 states have a higher
child support caseload than Wisconsin, which increases the potential to
collect," said Secretary Alexander.
A relatively new child support enforcement tool called the lien docket
has had a significant impact on collections in Wisconsin as it has
resulted in more than $4 million being collected in just the last two
years. The lien docket allows the department to place liens on homes and
vehicles owned by parents who owe back child support.
In addition, approximately 75% of child support collections are the
result of income withholding by employers. Wisconsin was the first state
in the nation to implement income withholding as a child support
collection method in 1987.
The FY2000 Data Report can be seen on the OCSE website at – http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/cse/pubs/2002/reports/datapreview/#tables
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