YoungWilliams has launched its own bar association to promote high professional, ethical, and educational standards among its 112 attorneys who serve its government clients in child support programs across the United States. Facilitated by YoungWilliams’ attorney, Ellen Rutledge, the association provides a forum for interaction and professional development of YoungWilliams’ legal staff.
The YW Bar Association trains attorneys through continuing legal education sessions, an online attorney education website, and regular webinars. The specialized website serves as a virtual gathering point for attorneys to meet, share ideas, collaborate, and keep abreast of legal trends, federal and state statutes, regulations, policies, and case law, and features a wiki library for child support and family law. YoungWilliams attorneys are able to update the content with recent legal decisions and activities that impact their profession, and interact through discussion boards.
YoungWilliams Celebrates Child Support Awareness Month
YoungWilliams joins its public partners in recognizing August as national Child Support Awareness Month, a time to honor parents for the important role they play in their children’s lives. It is also the time to spread the word about the child support program and the services it provides. All states and U.S. territories participate in the national child support program. In 2016, this program served over 15.6 million children with collections totaling $28.8 billion. As the nation’s largest private sector child support service provider, YoungWilliams is proud to be part of this important national effort, managing 554,000 cases and collecting nearly $840 million last year in collaboration with its state and local government partners.
New Hanover County Awards Fourth Consecutive Contract to YoungWilliams
Completing its competitive procurement process, the New Hanover County Commission selected YoungWilliams to operate its child support program. YoungWilliams has been a continuous partner to New Hanover County since 2004, when it began managing the child support office located in Wilmington, North Carolina. The new contract period commenced July 1, 2017. The YoungWilliams’ office manages about 6,800 cases, and collected nearly $13 million last year.
$4 Billion Payments Processed and a Decade of Service!
This month, the Kansas Payment Center (KPC) celebrated its ten-year anniversary. A successful public-private partnership between the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) and YoungWilliams, the KPC has processed more than 20.7 million child support receipts, totaling $4 billion dollars. Under YoungWilliams’ management, the KPC has increased the percentage of payments processed electronically from 27% in 2007 to 66% today, contributing to the accuracy and efficiency of the program. Electronic payments are convenient and cost-effective for employers who withhold and remit child support payments on behalf of their employees.
YoungWilliams Executives Co-Author Child Support Book
YoungWilliams Vice Presidents Jeff Ball and Mary Ann Wellbank recently published a book they co-authored, “The Insiders’ Guide to Child Support: How the System Works.” Combined, Ball and Wellbank have over five decades of experience with the national child support enforcement program. “We hope our book will help single and separated parents understand the laws under which government child support (IV-D) programs operate, and educate them as to their rights, responsibilities, and options. New child support professionals might benefit as well.”
Colorado County Selects YoungWilliams for Customer Service
Douglas County Colorado has contracted with YoungWilliams to manage front-end customer service and administrative functions for the County’s Department of Human Services. Under this agreement, YoungWilliams will provide a supervisor and six employees. This is Douglas County’s second contract with YoungWilliams: the firm also provides case management staff for the County’s Child Support Enforcement office in Castle Rock.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has entered into a five-year contract with YoungWilliams to operate its new Enterprise Customer Services Center (ESCS), which will support the Divisions of Child Care & Early Childhood Development (CCECD), Benefit Programs (DCBP), and Child Support Enforcement (DCSE). YoungWilliams has partnered with the Commonwealth since 2008, when it began resolving incoming calls to the VDSS Child Support Customer Service Center. Since that time, services have been expanded to include CCECD and DCBP. Other programs may be added in the future.
Alyson Campbell Joins YoungWilliams as Regional VP
An innovative leader in the child support community, Alyson Campbell, has joined YoungWilliams as Regional Vice President. In this capacity, she will oversee YoungWilliams’ full service child support offices in North Carolina and Tennessee. “We are delighted to welcome Alyson aboard,” announced YoungWilliams’ President, Rob Wells. “She is a great addition to our team, and will be a tremendous asset to our government clients.”
YoungWilliams to Provide Statewide Child Support Services
The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has awarded YoungWilliams a contract to operate child support offices serving approximately 256,000 child support cases in 65 counties effective October 1, 2016. YoungWilliams is currently serving 16 counties in southwest Mississippi. When added to its current contract, YoungWilliams will now handle over 300,000 cases in the 82 counties in Mississippi, making this a statewide operation.
Key Bank and YoungWilliams Enter Strategic Partnership
YoungWilliams President Rob Wells announced today that two leaders in their respective industries, YoungWilliams and Key Bank, have entered into a strategic partnership to provide electronic payment solutions to state child support programs around the nation.
KeyBank, originally established in 1825, is one of the largest bank- based financial services companies with more than 1,200 branches and 1,500 automated teller machines (ATM) in 15 states. YoungWilliams is one of the nation’s foremost providers of child support services with operations in 10 states.