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IVC Report Outlines Human Stake of Special Session of Idaho Legislature


This year, Idaho is set to process about $200 million in child support payments—a fact that was not lost on Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter when he announced a special legislative session to bring Idaho into compliance with a federal law so the Gem State may use the federal portal for tracking child support payments.

If the governor has not entered into compliance with federal law by July 1, it could lose the federal child support tracking portal, as well as $16 million per year in federal funds and $30 million for other state needs related to children. 

But Idaho Voices for Children has released a report, Child Support Enforcement Crucial for Idaho, that outlines the human stakes attached to passing such legislation. According to the report, one in four Idaho children live in families where child support is part of the family budget. That's nearly 112,000 children out of a total state young population of 471,437 under the age of 19.

The report further breaks down payments by county, with Ada County—the state's most populous—coming out on top. Here, 23.1 percent of Ada County's 115,942 children age 19 and younger (26,775 children) accounted for $3,475,271 in in-state child support payments. In nearby Canyon County, 30.5 percent of children age 19 and younger—more than 20,000 kids—accounted for $2,318,277 in child support payments. 

Other counties that are heavily impacted by the issue are Bonneville County, where 24.1 percent of children rely on payments; Koontenai County at 26.7 percent and Twin Falls County at 28 percent. In all, in-state child support payments come to just over $15 million.