On Tuesday, the District of Columbia will elect an Attorney General. Judy Berman and Marc Efron report in the Washington Post that the largest division of the office of Attorney General is the Division of Child Support.
It serves more than 50,000 children (more than children enrolled in D.C. Public Schools).
It has a staff of more than 200 people charged with locating and serving non-custodial parents; processing and filing paternity cases, child support and medical support orders with the court; reviewing and revising orders, initiating and monitoring collections; and initiating enforcement actions for non-payment.
Even so, child support is not being collected for over half the children in the system.
The non-custodial parents, who are nearly always fathers, are overwhelmingly poor, with limited education and many have criminal histories, which prevent them from obtaining jobs.