Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
WHEREAS, child support strengthens families and invests in the future of our children, communities, and state; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Child Support Program exists to encourage and facilitate the means by which children receive the emotional and financial support they need from both parents; and,
WHEREAS, child support workers, employers, many local prosecutors' offices and court staff, hospitals, and community partners responded swiftly to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure quality child support services continued without interruption; and,
WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Child Support continue its national leadership role in child support collections with $1.3 billion distributed to families in 2020; and,
WHEREAS, during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to recognize the contributions of child support workers, employers, local prosecutors' offices and court staff, hospitals, and community partners for their work on ensuring the well-being of children and families; and,
WHEREAS, we thank the tireless efforts of these public servants, whose work supports 830,023 Michigan children, and dedicate August 2021 in recognition of their commitment to Michigan's children and families;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 2021 as Child Support Month in Michigan and encourage people throughout the state to invest in the future of our children and thank those who work every day to support Michigan children.