Routt County Human Services Director Vickie Clark, left, stands with her child support services team outside the Routt County Courthouse. The team, from left, includes Nancy Smith, Carolyn Gibson, Mariah Poole and Sherry Camilletti.

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Routt County Human Services Director Vickie Clark, left, stands with her child support services team outside the Routt County Courthouse. The team, from left, includes Nancy Smith, Carolyn Gibson, Mariah Poole and Sherry Camilletti.

Local child support team honored

Routt County collects $1.7 million in 2008

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By the numbers

Child support collections in 2008

Colorado: $320.1 million

Routt County: $1.7 million

Source: Routt County Department of Human Services

— The Routt County Department of Human Services was one of only six county departments in Colorado to meet all 10 performance indicators set by a state task force for child support enforcement.

Routt County collected $1.7 million in child support in 2008. The state, as a whole, collected $320.1 million, the first time Colorado has ever collected more than $300 million in one year, according to a letter written by Karen L. Beye, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services.

"These ladies have received a very high level of recognition," Routt County Human Services Director Vickie Clark said about her child support enforcement team. "They made a fair contribution to that overall effort."

The 10 performance indicators include measures, such as establishing paternity in a minimum of 90 percent of cases and collecting at least 68 percent of current support due.

"They far exceeded those expectations," Clark said about her staff.

The recognition comes at a time when the county is seeing a big increase in requests for child support and requests to prove paternity.

"Things are just booming," Clark said. "I think it's just another result of the economy."

Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush noted the importance of child support enforcement as a particular function of government that benefits some of the most needy residents of the county.

"It's a fact that single-parent households have a lower standard of living," said Sherry Camilletti, a member of the local child support enforcement team.

County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak gave particular praise to Camilletti, a longtime employee of the Human Services Department.

"This department has always been stellar," Stahoviak said. "(Camilletti) has set a standard in that department that everyone is following."

Comments

stmbt80477 5 years, 1 month ago

These are hard working women who are making a difference by ensuring that children are still cared for (at least financially) when one parent is no longer in the household.

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