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Utah's Child Support Enforcement Program collected over $7.5 million owed to children during the last three months of 1987, an increase of $1.5 million or 25.1 percent over the same period the previous year, announced the Office of Child Support Enforcement Denver Region.

"The major reason for the increase was the 57.2 percent additional support collected through the wage withholding provisions of the program," said Guadalupe Salinas, regional representative of the Denver office. "A substantial jump in collections was also recorded in state tax refunds and unemployment compensation benefits during this reporting period."In Utah, 10,667 cases received the payments and more than $2.3 million was reimbursed to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. "Utah continues to be the best state in the region in reducing the cost of welfare through the Child Support Enforcement Program," Salinas said.

Another plus, he said, was that cost effectiveness increased by 12.6 percent.

Utah also outperformed other states in the region in locating absent parents. The state found parents in 4,051 cases, a 45.6 percent increase over the same three-month period last year.

For more information about child support enforcement in Utah, contact the Bureau of Child Support Services, 150 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84145.