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Child Support: What Survivors, Advocates, and DSHS Workers Have to Say

This article outlines five criticisms and concerns about the child support system in Washington. Three groups contributed to the analysis: survivors of domestic violence, who revealed their experiences with child support during focus groups; advocates who shared what they have seen in their work; and Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) workers who talked about gaps and misunderstandings. The article also includes recommendations for actions that DSHS can take to rectify the problems that all parties identified.