The event will attract 500- 800 child support professionals from family, probation or the Child Welfare Agency. The theme is Ready, Set, Grow.
Child Support professionals main job is to make sure support payments are made. Last year, with the help of Child Support Professionals,1.36 Billion in Child and Spousal Support was collected. Many families rely on these support payments just to survive and make ends meet.
This is the 33rd Annual Conference and the NJ Child Support Program is 40 years old.
Professionals in the audience work diligently and hard to strengthen connection with families who need reliable child support. This can be challenging work as fear and negativity can drive people to make the wrong decisions. Support professionals work to make it timely, efficient and possible for spouses to keep their commitment to their families.
The job also has the dynamic of working with newly divorced people. Generally the process works as follows: a spouse goes to family court and if successful is granted child support. Next, they go to probation to get it set up for spousal payments to be made.
After a certain amount of time, if payments are not made, probation officers use other methods ( garnish wages, place a lein, jail time) to encourage payment.
NJ has a new computer system called NJ Kids to help child support workers track and support the payment process. However, like all technology there are some glitches that still need to be ironed out.
Some of the other guest speakers for the Child Support Conference are doing speeches on CWA, Family and Probation, Finding Assets and Income during Divorce, Recent developments in Family Law, Domestic Violence, time management, leadership development and more.
I am excited to be a motivational speaker for the Child Support Conference. I will be the Opening Keynote Speaker with the speech, The Nerve to Serve... Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout! and the motivational speech, I Love My Job, it's the People I Can't Stand.