Nichole Hannahs

Treasure Your Children

by Nichole Hannahs on August 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

Muskingum County’s Child Support Enforcement is educating residents throughout August on how emotional, financial and medical support play into the success of a child.

This month is Child Support Awareness month in Ohio. During the month the lobby of the Eastpike facility is decorated in a treasure theme to help educate the community. One employee said that sometimes people don’t complete understand the role of their department and that they do offer a lot of free services.

"If they have a child support case or need to open a child support case. We do support establishment, paternity establishment, medical support. We enforce all the orders whether they’re through us or the court system. We do location and we want the public to know exactly what we do here," said Financial Supervisor Diane Searles.

To show their support the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office spent time at Wednesday’s "Treasure Your Children" event by providing child id cards, introducing the kids to K-9 officer Borris and the Special Response Team.

"Law enforcement so many times we’re put into a negative light because a lot times when we get involved with families someone has to go to jail or has a negative impact on someone. Anytime we get a chance to be positive influences on kids and show them that we’re really here to help instead of being in a bad light we try and take advantage of," said Sheriff Matt Lutz.

Also being raffled off is a chance to ride to school with the K-9 deputy for a child that lives in Muskingum County and is 12-years-old or younger and a family night out of dinner and a movie.

The Washington Township Fire Department also took part by taking kids through a smoke house.

Wednesday’s event runs until 2p.m.