District Attorney’s office child support enforcement professionals win state awards

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From left are Child Support Administrator Catherine Hall and Child Support Analyst Deborah Bruce.

Two members the Child Support Enforcement section of the Natchitoches Parish District Attorney’s Office earned recognition from the Louisiana Support Enforcement Association at their annual meeting and training conference.

Catherine Hall, child support enforcement administrator, was awarded “Outstanding Administrator in a District Attorney’s Office”. Deborah Bruce, child support enforcement analyst, was awarded “Outstanding Enforcement Analyst in a District Attorney’s Office”.

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Hall and Bruce were nominated by peers and their co-workers. “It is quite an honor to have these two outstanding child support professionals earn this recognition. They both exhibit the leadership, professionalism, and compassion necessary to complete our mission, which is to help our citizens with this important service. I am proud of these accomplishments and the ongoing effort provided by the entire staff,” said District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington. The Child Support Enforcement section of the District Attorney’s Office includes a staff of four whose responsibilities include establishing and enforcing child support obligations ordered by the 10th Judicial District Court.

The office also assists in establishing paternity, which is required by law to enforce child support for a father of a child born outside of marriage. Each year, the Child Support Enforcement section manages an average of 300 child support cases. Citizens can apply for services by visiting the office at 203 St. Denis St. in Natchitoches.

Applications for support can be obtained online at dcfs.la.gov and click on “Seek Child Support” on the front page of the website. Also, citizens can inquire by telephone at 1-888-LAHELP-U (524-3578).