August 2018 – Child Support Awareness Month Event Recap

Riverside County

July 31, 2018

Board of Supervisors Proclamation: On July 31, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month and honored Riverside County DCSS for their work. Interim Director Kimberly Britt received the award and thanked employees as well as parents for their continuous efforts in enriching the lives of children in the community.

August 11, 2018

Open House: Riverside County DCSS held its Annual Open House event on August 11th from 8 a.m. to noon at the Riverside main office and the Indio office. Community members could learn about services and programs offered as well as receive community assistance such as Counseling and Child Care assistance.

Tulare County

July 31, 2018

Board of Supervisors Proclamation: On July 31, Tulare County DCSS representatives attended the Tulare County Board of Supervisor’s Meeting and received a document proclaiming August as Child Support Awareness Month.

August 8, 2018

Dinuba Library: Tulare County DCSS was at the Dinuba Library on August 8. Customers were able to learn about child support programs from a Tulare County DCSS representative and were invited to Child Support Workshops and Resource Fairs held by Tulare County DCSS.

Stanislaus County

Throughout August 2018

“Stuff the Bus”: Stanislaus County DCSS staff is holding a friendly competition to demonstrate who can “stuff the bus” with the most donated school supplies. Throughout the month of August, staff are collecting school supplies for Stanislaus County Office of Education’s “Operation Backpack” efforts. Operation Backpack is a resource for the 6,500 homeless children in Stanislaus County so they may go back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

August 2, 2018

Kids Connect Community Celebration: Stanislaus County DCSS hosted a successful Second Annual Kids Connect Community Celebration in partnership with City of Modesto Parks and Recreation on August 2 at James Marshall Park in Modesto. Over 350 parents and children attended the event and 34 agencies were available to provide information on the resources they offer to families in Stanislaus County. Vendors and sponsors also donated items and gift cards that were used as prize drawings for attendees: http://bit.ly/2vZMK58

Los Angeles County

Throughout August 2018

CSAM kick-off (picture Division 6 top, Division 2, bottom): Los Angeles County CSSD had a “Kick-off” Child Support Awareness Month event on August 1. Staff across the Department could wear jeans and either the color blue or their #SupportLA shirts to work!

August 7, 2018

Board of Supervisors Proclamation: On August 7th Los Angeles County CSSD was presented with a scroll from the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, which proclaimed August as Child Support Awareness Month.

Throughout August 2018

CSAM Book Nook: Staff at Los Angeles County CSSD created “Book Nooks” for Child Support Awareness Month in partnership with the LA County Library. The “Book Nooks” were created to give away new books to all children who visit their office locations in August.

August 13, 2018

Live on Bilingual Community Radio: Los Angeles County CSSD had an opportunity to discuss services offered to the community live on a national Spanish radio program on August 13. Staff Attorney Jesus Galindo from the Intergovernmental Division handled the interview for the radio station “Linea Abierta”, the local broadcast affiliate. Listen to a recording of the program: http://ksjv.radio.net

San Joaquin County

July 2, 2018

Third Annual Block Party: San Joaquin County DCSS held its Third Annual Block Party on August 2 on the California State University Stanislaus’ Stockton campus. Families were able to visit over 30 booths staffed by vendors offering a wide range of services and assistance, and free backpacks were given out to children. Watch the video here:
http://bit.ly/2MES87y

August 12, 2018

Stockton Ports Game: San Joaquin County DCSS kicked off Child Support Awareness Month by throwing out the first pitch at the Stockton Ports baseball game on August 12. Free tote bags were given away to the first 500 people through the gates, and individuals and families were able to ask questions about child support and play a fun spin-the-wheel game at an information booth on the ballpark grounds. View the video here: http://bit.ly/2w40YSB

Fresno County

Santa Clara DCSS and Bay Area Regional Child Support

Throughout August 2018

Fresno County DCSS celebrated Child Support Awareness Month on August 2nd with its Paper-the-Town event, distributing 70 CSAM posters around Fresno County in locations which included their co-locate offices, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, First Five, Fresno County Libraries and six CVS stores.

Throughout August 2018

Santa Clara County DCSS partnered with Cumulus Media to help spread the Child Support Awareness Month message live on the air during the month of August through the radio group’s top-rated radio stations. San Francisco County DCSS’ Freda Randolph Glenn played a crucial role in coordinating the comprehensive radio/digital media promotion with Cumulus, in which residents of the Bay Area will be able to tune into their favorite stations KSAN, KGO, KFOG and KSFO to hear public service announcements and listen to top disk jockeys discussing the importance of Child Support Awareness Month. The promotion will deliver over 2.5 million impressions by the end of the month. Listen to some of the commentary here:

1) KGO Radio

2) KSAN Radio Clip 1

3) KSAN Radio Clip 2

Napa County

Ventura County

August 4, 2018

Community Resource Fair: Napa County DCSS was at the Community Resource Fair hosted by Home Depot on August 4th. The event is held to improve public awareness of the importance of parents supporting their children emotionally as well as financially. The CA DCSS Multi-Media Team was on site, to capture the fun and games! Click the link to view the video here: http://bit.ly/2Pt6JRT

Throughout August 2018

Operation Backpack: Ventura County DCSS held a School Supply Drive, part of the national “Operation Backpack” drive on August 7th. Hundreds of school supplies were collected and delivered to James Storehouse, an organization that provides assistance to children in foster care. Ventura DCSS collected 22 Backpacks, 44 Notebooks, 226 Pens, 31 Packages of Dividers, 19 Packages of Paper, 21 Rulers, 880 Index Cards, 23 Binders, 17 Highlighters ,15 Bottles of Glue, 45 Glue Sticks, 14 Packages of Markers, 45 Packages of Crayons, 11 Packages of Colored Pencils ,636 Pencils, 5 Post It Notes, 4 Mechanical Pencils, 5 Pencil Sharpeners, 30 Erasers, and 325 Pencil Cap Erasers (but who’s counting?)

Solano County

August 4, 2018

Vallejo Back to School & Health Fair: Solano County DCSS were among various organizations around the county that attended the Vallejo Outreach Back to School and Health fair in Vallejo, CA on August 4. Those in attendance had a chance to speak with dozens of service groups and agencies, including child support representatives.

August 11, 2018

Back-to-School Resource Fair: Solano County DCSS attended the annual Back-to-School Resource Fair in Solano on August 11. Employees donated 220 backpacks filled with school supplies – in all, 1,300 backpacks were given out to families.

Monterey County

August 7, 2018

Breast Feeding Awareness Week: Monterey County DCSS provided a Resource Booth at the Breast-Feeding Awareness Walk on August 7, where Maria Cuellar, Outreach Manager, and Maria Villasenor, Child Support Officer (pictured above) offered information about the child support program.

August 11, 2018

Library Outreach at Steinbeck Library: Monterey County DCSS provided a resource table at the John Steinbeck Library on August 11. In addition to participating in the library’s Family Storytime, parents and their kids could learn about the services offered by Monterey DCSS and general information about child support.

Monterey County

Sonoma County

August 13, 2018

Library Outreach at Steinbeck Library: Monterey County DCSS provided a resource table at the John Steinbeck Library on August 11. In addition to participating in the library’s Family Storytime, parents and their kids could learn about the services offered by Monterey DCSS and general information about child support.

August 8 & 9, 2018

Backpack Giveaway: Sonoma County DCSS invited families with high need to visit their office location on August 8 and 9 for their School Backpack Giveaway event. Families were able to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies, free for their school-aged children. There were 270 backpacks filled with school supplies, and staff raised over $2000 in donations for the event.

Sonoma County

Contra Costa County

August 9, 2018

Employer Workshop: Sonoma County DCSS in partnership with the Bay Area Regional Child Support Collaborative participated in a Bay Area-wide Employer Workshop on August 9. The event was presented in Alameda County and simulcast in Sonoma County at 9:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa, where local employers visited Sonoma County Department of Child Support Services to view the simulcast. Child support professionals were available to help employers with all of their questions.

August 9, 2018

Block Party: Contra Costa County DCSS teamed up with the city of Walnut Creek for a block party on August 9 that featured several local agencies. Residents of the area were able to access a variety of government services, get job employment information, child identification kits, and sign up for CalFresh and Medi-Cal.

Plumas County

Tehama County

August 9, 2018

Backpack Giveaway at the Plumas County Fair: Plumas County DCSS had a resource table at the Plumas County Fair on August 9. Families had an opportunity to receive general information about child support and services offered to families and get a chance at one backpack full of school supplies! Check out the video here: http://bit.ly/2BvPfle

August 17, 2018

“School’s Cool” Event: Tehama County DCSS held a “School’s Cool” Event at the Los Molinos Community Center on August 17. The event was hosted in partnership with the Tehama County Health Services, Probation and Social Services agencies to help students kick off the school year in style. There were free school supplies, hot dogs, and popsicles along with drawings for a Wal-mart gift card and sets of exercise clothes for school. Complimentary copies of the Tehama County “book in common” for third through fifth graders, and “It’s Picnic Day Potter!” for kindergarteners and first graders were distributed.