Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) --- August has officially been declared 'child support enforcement month' by governor hickenlooper and the colorado department of human services.
The proclamation is meant to celebrate and thank parents who support their children financially, medically and emotionally.
Officials also hope to recognize the hundreds of child support professionals across the state.
"We have seen an uptrend a lot, which is good, our services are getting out there," says Child Support Specialist, Danae Derryberry. "People are knowing about us so, we'll just keep them coming in!"
In Ccolorado alone, there are 646 child support professionals who work closely with both parents and bridge any communication gaps to ensure the children are getting the help they need.
Between 2011 and 2012, child support collections in Colorado increased 4% to almost $329 million.
"It's really important if you're getting your child support and you're paying that your kids are getting those school supplies, those school needs they're going to start a first day of school, looking good, feeling good," says Derryberry.