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Aug 21, 2013 10:08 AM by AP/CS

Child Services agency receives $8M incentive

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Children & Family Services received about $8 million in federal money to improve child support collections as part of a federal Child Support Enforcement Incentive award.

The Advocate reports the federal $8 million incentive to improve collection of back child support payments was increased from previous fiscal years. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave the department, called DCFS, $7.5 million in Fiscal Year 2010 and $7.4 million in Fiscal Year 2009 through the incentive award program.

DCFS spokesman Trey Williams says one reason for the increase in the federal award was the amount of back child support the agency collects.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, Williams says the state collected $385 million in support payments.

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