Child support center to double space and staff

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

BERRYVILLE -- The Child Support Enforcement office in Berryville is doubling in size to accommodate 10 new employees and a five-county caseload.

Located on Champlin Drive in Berryville's Industrial Park, a 3,500-square-foot addition is currently under construction alongside the existing building.

According to Anne Laidlaw, administrator of real estate services for the Arkansas Building Authority, the work is being done because caseloads from four counties are being moved from the Russellville office to the Berryville office.

She said that translates to an additional 2,550 cases to be handled at Berryville, requiring 10 new positions.

Currently, cases from Boone, Baxter, Marion and Newton counties are handled through the Russellville office.

Those will be moved to Berryville because of their closer proximity to Berryville. The Russellville office will remain open to handle cases in its surrounding area.

Child Enforcement Services were once part of the Department of Human Services.

Now, 13 regional and 13 satellite offices exist statewide. Much of the casework is handled by phone so clients don't have to travel.

The current expansion project at Berryville will double the facility's size, from 3,500 square feet to 7,000.

The work order was authorized by the Arkansas Building Authority, Laidlaw explained, after it received a request for the expansion. The authority operates under Arkansas code, as the leasing agent for the State of Arkansas, for its boards, agencies and commissions.

The Office of Child Support Enforcement is responsible for the delivery of child support services under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. OCSE assists both individuals and employers with information and services pertaining to child support laws and aids in the collection and disbursement of support payments for children.

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