Division of Child Support

Latest News

The COVID-19 recovery package recently passed by Congress does include an offset for child support payments. This means that stimulus payments to a paying parent may be sent to the Division of Child Support if you are behind on your support. This is not true in every case, and we are not certain when those payments will be made or how they will come to us.

If you are concerned about how stimulus payments will affect your case, it’s best to contact your support enforcement officer directly. If you are not sure who that is, or what your case number is, please call 1-800-442-KIDS (5437) so we may assist you.

Thank you for your patience during these difficult times and thank you for all you do to help our children reach their full potential.  

DCS is working through Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

During the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order issued by Gov. Jay Inslee, the Division of Child Support will continue to provide child support services including the collection and disbursement of child support payments.

Our offices are currently closed to walk in traffic, but you may still call our automated phone line at 1-800-442-KIDS (5437) for information about your case. You also can send an email to DCS-CRU@dshs.wa.gov.

If you need to make a payment there are several ways to do that without coming to our offices. Find out more on our Paying Child Support  page.

Thank you for your patience and stay healthy!

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Questions about child support?

Please call us at 1-800-442-KIDS (5437). This automated system allows quick access to your case manager by entering your case number. If you do not have a case or know your number press "0" for staff assistance. For further information on how to use the KIDS line please see the full instructions.

Now is the perfect time to take the Census

You count and you should be counted. You can take the U.S. Census from the comfort of your home, online, by phone or through the mail. Accurate Census numbers help bring millions of dollars to Washington state. That money helps programs for children, families and older adults. Learn more about the Census and how you can be counted at https://2020census.gov/

Are you struggling to pay child support?

Contact our Alternative Solutions program specialists who will help you identify and overcome barriers to paying child support. Check out the video and see how it worked for one parent. If you think the program can help you, call us at 1-800-604-1146.

 

 

What We Do

We improve lives by delivering excellent child support services.

How We Do It

We provide respect and resources to every person every day.