Nick McWilliams reporting – The Tuscarawas County Commissioners are recognizing Child Support Month starting today.

A 31-day effort to raise awareness about the importance of a coordinated effort in raising children, the recognition lasts for the entire month of August.

Commissioner Chris Abbuhl gave praise to the work done by the area’s Child Support Enforcement Agency, along with local parents and caregivers.

“The staff of the Tuscarawas County CSEA has been working diligently to assist parents, relatives and custodians of children. We commend the efforts of those parents who are committed to fulfilling their moral, financial and legal obligation to provide this support.”

CSEA works towards ensuring all children received support ordered, by law, through the state of Ohio.

Governor Mike DeWine made a proclamation for the month as well.

Commissioner Al Landis says that he dealt with the issue multiple times while in Columbus as a representative, and that the issue of child support is pertinent in the Tuscarawas Valley.

“That group [at CSEA], I can’t say enough. I’ve interacted with them through the years, when I was in Columbus. These are very, very critical issues to our area. Some of the most phone calls I received in Columbus had to do with dealing with children, making sure that they were well taken care [of] and paid for.”

Flags and banners will be placed throughout the New Philadelphia square in recognition of the month.

In addition, residents are asked to wear green to work to show support.

Earlier this year, DeWine expressed the desire of doubling state available aid for child and family services.

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