DCSS staff participate in Miracle Miles
DCSS staff participate in Miracle Miles

Running for a Cause

Author: County E-News

SLO County Department of Child Support participated in Miracles Miles for Kids on May 13, 2017.

County employees are dedicated to bettering their community in a variety of ways, even outside of their everyday jobs. A recent example is the County Department of Child Support Services, which participated in the Miracle Miles for Kids on Saturday, May 13.

A group of DCSS staff members ran and walked the 6.2 miles of coastline to raise funds for Family Care Network, which will help meet the critical needs of more than 1,800 children and families in the local foster care system. Family Care Network is a community-based organization that supports children, youth and families on the Central Coast.

“We felt compelled to participate and support another local agency that shares our mission and values by supporting children and families,” said Christine Johnson, assistant director of the County Department of Child Support Services. “We both work toward the same goal which is to enhance the health and wellbeing of families and children in our community.”

Thousands of competitors scattered along the beach that morning to warm up for the big race,

Johnson said. Some opted to casually complete the 6.2-mile race, while others committed to

running and improving their personal best time. More than 2,300 people, including 150 teams and 250 devoted volunteers, raised about $150,000 raised for local children through this year’s Miracle Miles for Kids

“Everyone who attended the event showed tremendous heart and conviction to the cause and it was overwhelming to see the amount of support and comradery from the community,” Johnson said. “Each of us plays a role at one time or another in making a difference and my heart felt full knowing our department’s staff members contributed toward such a great cause.”

This event showed true dedication, team work and commitment from all who participated and the County Department of Child Support Services hopes to have a team participate again next year, Johnson added.

 The County of San Luis Obispo’s Department of Child Support Services works to enhance the well-being and self-sufficiency of families by ensuring that they receive the support to which they are entitled by law. Staff works with families to encourage both parents to be involved in supporting their child, but the department may, in some cases, prosecute individuals who willfully refuse to do so

The department also establishes paternity through genetic testing and locates parents who don’t have custody of children. It consistently ranks as the top performing child support services agency in the state of California.