Division of Child Support

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2022 Children's Art Contest: In celebration and recognition of Child Support Awareness Month in August, the Division of Child Support is accepting artwork and/or photography from children up through age 17 that answers the question, "How will you change the world?" Works will be accepted through Aug. 15, 2022. Submit your child's works in a high-resolution JPG format to dcscontests@dshs.wa.gov. To learn more, visit DCS Children's Art Contest flyer.

Save-the-Date for the 26th annual Washington State BizFairAttention all small-business owners and employers! Save-the-Date for the 26th annual Washington State BizFair, taking place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Renton Technical College. BizFair 2022 will be a hybrid event, open to both in-person and virtual attendees enjoying the same event experience. Registration will be available soon. Visit www.bizfair.org for updates.

Construction to the State Street front entrance of the Tacoma field office is anticipated to end at the close of August 2022. A temporary entrance for customers is available on the south side of the building.

All Division of Child Support offices are open to the public. Customers are no longer required to wear a mask while indoors, but are asked to affirm whether or not they are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms. Maintaining social distancing is still in place. DCS staff, while serving clients in congregate settings, will continue wearing masks. 

Payments in Child Support offices are suspended. Although our offices are now open,  offices will continue to not accept child support payments. See our Paying Child Support page for information on how to make a payment. We are always happy to assist you by phone at 800-442-KIDS (5437). You also can send an email to DCS-CRU@dshs.wa.gov. We will respond within the next business day.

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.  

Thank you for your patience as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can We Help You?

Questions about child support?

Please call us at 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 do not know your number, press "0" for staff assistance. For further information on how to use the KIDS line, please read the full instructions.

Are you struggling to pay child support?

Contact our Alternative Solutions program specialists who can help you identify and overcome barriers to paying child support. Watch the following video and learn how Alternative Solutions worked for one parent. If you think the program makes sense for you, call us at 800-604-1146.


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