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The Valley recognizes National Child Support Awareness Month

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - August is National Child Support Awareness month.

Employees with Mahoning County's Child Support Enforcement Agency hosted an event Wednesday to help families learn more about child support services.

There are 21,000 open child and spousal support cases in Mahoning County.

The agency says they're able to collect on 71 percent of those.

"A lot of our cases that we have the hardest time collecting are those cases of folks on public assistance. That is one of our worst collection categories across the country, not just in this county," says Attorney John Caroline, with the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

Caroline says it is also difficult to collect from individuals who work under the table since the agency can't deduct payments from their paychecks.

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