The Hardin County Attorney child support division office was honored last week as a top performing collection partner by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

The county office was named a top 20 performing county and was only one of two with more than 4,000 active cases, according to a news release from the cabinet.

“We appreciate the acknowledgment especially during COVID-19 and I just want to applaud my staff,” Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham said during the Nov. 19 virtual child support ceremony.

According to the release, the ceremony was hosted virtually from Frankfort this year because of COVID-19 restrictions by the Cabinet of Health and Family Services Child Support Enforcement program, which is part of the Department for Income Support. Child Support Enforcement administers child support throughout Kentucky and contracts with local officials to manage responsibilities jointly.

“The commitment and dedication of these essential public servants is often overlooked, but they are the foundation to our continued mission to the Commonwealth,” Commissioner Steven P. Veno, who leads the Department of Income Support, said in the release.

“Child support enforcement plays an important role in strengthening parental responsibility so that children receive reliable support from both of their parents as they grow to adulthood. Kentucky’s Child Support Enforcement program delivers more than $400,000,000 in child support payments every year to families across the Commonwealth. In state fiscal year 2020, paternity was established for 5,800 children in Kentucky.”

Director of the Child Support Enforcement Division Lily Chan Patteson in the release said they are proud to recognize the “exemplary frontline county attorney offices and staff as well as the child support staff throughout the state.”

“These individuals and offices are your neighbors, your family and your friends. They are in every county and city in the Commonwealth and their service is integral to the community,” she said.

The release said the core mission of the Child Support Enforcement relies heavily on the devoted commitment of state child support staff, 120 county attorney offices and their staff, and partners to be successful and to serve the Commonwealth and its citizens.

Rankings are based on paternity establishment, child support order establishment, current child support collections and past-due collections, the release said.

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