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    Lori A. Cruz
    826 N. California St.
    Stockton, CA 95202
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" Partnering with parents to develop cooperative family relationships and shared responsibilities "


The Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) serves the public by ensuring that children receive the financial support to which they are legally entitled. DCSS also serves taxpayers by helping families become self-sufficient and recouping aid to families with dependent children from noncustodial parents. DCSS is committed to providing timely, competent and professional services that are cost-effective and respond to community needs.

Every child has the right to emotional and financial support from both parents. Under California law, anyone who becomes a parent automatically assumes the financial responsibility of providing for his/her child. Single mothers and fathers continually struggle with the serious and complicated challenge of raising their children. In many cases, custodial and noncustodial parents work together to help provide both emotional and financial support to their children, but many do not.

DCSS provides services to assist parents in collecting child support and in securing health insurance coverage for their child(ren). DCSS is the local child support enforcement agency.

Any parent caring for a child who cannot get needed support assistance from the other parent, is eligible for help.

DCSS provides its services free of charge to all custodial and noncustodial parents, whether or not they receive public assistance. The only requirements are that you have physical custody of the child and cooperate with us in working your case.


As of July 1, 2013, the Department of Child Support Services has been allocated 161 full time positions.  The DCSS budget for Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014 is $15,566,723.


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