All three Attorney General candidates in the recent primary agreed that the system for handing out child support funds to the proper recipients is broken and has been for a long time.
Now Delegate Madeleine Z. Bordallo has requested federal technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Guam’s Child Support Enforcement Division. Bordallo asked that Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar provide assistance through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child Support Enforcement so that Guam can disburse child support funds promptly and to the correct recipients.
About $6 million in undisbursed child support funds are being held by the Guam Child Support Enforcement Division. Her request would enable federal technical assistance to improve record systems reconciliation and support for location custodial parents through the Federal Care Registry.
“Child support payments help parents provide their children with food, clothing, and shelter, and it is important that these funds are timely delivered. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has tools and resources that can help Guam’s Child Support and Enforcement Division improve its processes. I hope my request for federal technical assistance will aid GovGuam in locating custodial parents and improve its record-keeping systems so that all child support payments are disbursed as intended.”
Here is her full letter: