DSHS - Child Support Services
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Child Support Services

Go to the Division of Child Support web site for more information

The Division of Child Support (DCS) is the state agency that administers state and federal laws. DCS helps families by:

  • Establishing child support obligations
  • Collecting and processing child support payments
  • Reviewing and modifying child support obligations

Who is eligible:

Families who receive cash or medical assistance from DSHS automatically receive DCS services. If you are not currently receiving services from another state and any one of the following conditions describes you, you can qualify to receive DCS non-assistance services:

  • A parent who has custody of a minor child
  • A custodial parent of a minor child
  • A former custodial parent who is owed child support that accrued under a support order
  • A parent of a child who wants to establish paternity of the child
  • A parent of a child who wants to pay support
  • A person due court ordered post-secondary educational support for a child in school

How to receive services from the Division of Child Support:

You can get materials about DCS services on the web at: www.dshs.wa.gov/dcs or you can call : 1-800-442-KIDS.

Applications for services are also available at your local Community Services Office (CSO).