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Child Support Services
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Case Management & Collections
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Mission Statement

To serve children and families by establishing parentage and enforcing support orders in a fair and equitable manner.

About the Department

In 1975, Congress amended the Social Security Act of 1935 to create the Child Support program, because the security of every family rests on financial support from both parents.  Santa Barbara County’s Department of Child Support Services (CSS) works within a national network of agencies to establish parentage, establish and enforce financial and medical support orders, and collect and distribute court-ordered payments.  Child Support services are available to all families, regardless of income or immigration status and can be accessed through www.countyofsb.org/css or in person at 201 S. Miller #206 in Santa Maria or 4 E. Carrillo in Santa Barbara.  The program is funded by State and Federal funds, with centralized authority residing in Sacramento in the State Department of Child Support Services.

Recommended Changes and Operational Impact



Decrease of 3.8 FTEs through retirements and other attrition.

Department is reducing staff by unfunding vacancies due to increased Salaries &  Employee Benefits costs and no anticipated increase in State and Federal funding.


Net operating expenditures have increased by $1,000 to $9,583,883 as a result of the following variations:

o-$20,600 decrease in Salaries and Employee Benefits primarily due to the unfunding of 3.8 FTEs, offset by an increase in Employer Retirement Contributions .

o+$6,400 increase in Services and Supplies primarily due to increases in communications, IT professional services and Facility Rents/Leases, offset by decreases in Professional & Special Services, cost allocations and utilities.

o+$15,200 increase in Other Charges primarily due to increases in liability insurance and motor pool charges. 


Net operating revenue has increased by $1,000 to $9,583,883 as a result of a slight anticipated increase in interest income.  The allocation of State and Federal funding to the County has remain unchanged in recent years and the department’s expenditures are budgeted based on available funding since any unspent allocation remains with the State at the end of each fiscal year.

Proposed Changes and Operational Impact


There remains a projected negative net financial impact of $314,948 in FY2018-19, primarily due to increases in regular salaries ($111,000), retirement contributions ($72,000), employer health insurance contributions ($57,000) and cost allocations ($49,000).  The allocation of funding from the State has been unchanged for a number of years and thus the department is absorbing the increased costs within the existing State allocation, including condensing office space and continuing to unfund positions as they are vacated.  

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