Division of Child Support

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Help us celebrate Child Support Awareness Month! Find out more: Child Support Awareness Month Art Contest

Do you know about the Child Tax Credit? As part of the American Rescue Plan, this credit can provide  monthly payments of $250-300 per month for each child to help make ends meet. The Division of Child Support is committed to our administration’s goal to cut poverty in half by 2025. The Child Tax Credit can help. Find out more at childtaxcredit.gov.  

Are you curious about how the current COVID-19 relief package will impact your child support? The IRS will not be sending any of the second or third rounds of Economic Impact (aka Stimulus) Payments, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to DCS. 

On Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Division of Child Support implemented a new law to abate, or temporarily reduce, child support orders for parents who are incarcerated or sentenced to at least six months. If you’d like to learn more about this law or see if it applies to you, see abatement FAQs here.

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.Our offices are currently closed to walk in traffic but, you can still call 1-800-442-KIDS (5437)  and follow directions for information about your case any time of day. You also can send an email to DCS-CRU@dshs.wa.gov and we will respond on the next business day.

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Happy Child Support Awareness Month! 

August is Child Support Awareness Month, and we are celebrating with an art contest. The theme is, "I want to be ...", and winning entries will be featured in the 2022 DCS Calendar. We encourage you to send your submissions to dcscontests@dshs.wa.gov, or to email us for more information. Please complete a DSHS photo release and send it with your submission.

Submissions are due by August 31st, and we'll vote on the entries on the DSHS Facebook page in September. Show us your child's work! 

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.

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.


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