Sun. 3:51pm: Ohio aiming to raise child support collection

COLUMBUS (AP) – A statewide push to improve child support collection rates is getting mixed results from county to county in Ohio.

The varying outcomes can be attributed mainly to two things, say child support experts: how much money counties spend to find those who owe child support and the economy in the individual counties.

Ohio last year set a goal of increasing collections to 70 percent by the middle of 2015 so that it can to apply for federal grants to pay for caseworkers and programs to help parents.

The state average is about 66 percent, which is still better than the national average of 61 percent, said Benjamin Johnson, a Department of Job and Family Services spokesman.