Submitted by Bill Paine
The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement officially ap-proved the Suquamish Tribe’s Child Support Enforcement Office (SCSEO) for federal funding on January 7, 2011. This approval also allows the Tribe to begin processing child support cases. The SCSEO is now work-ing on finalizing operational details before it begins processing child support cases in two ways. The SCSEO has the ability to establish, modify and enforce child support obligations, and has jurisdiction to attach the wages of employees who work for the Suquamish Tribe, Suquamish Tribal Council or any of its agencies, enterprises, or businesses to enforce the payment of their child support obligations. In addition, the State of Washington’s Division of Child Support will be incrementally transferring established child support cases to the SCSEO that involve a parent who is a Suquamish tribal member and/or for a parent who is an employee of the Suquamish Tribe, Suquamish Tribal Council or any of its agencies, enterprises, or businesses.
If you would like to begin the child support process and open a new case or wish to have your case transferred from the State of Washington to the SCSEO, you may call Barbara Lawrence-Piecuch at 360-394-8621. If you are in need of child support services and have questions about the process, Barbara and other staff members in the SCSEO are ready to assist you. The SCSEO’s office is located in the Safe Havens building at Suquamish Village, 18490 Suquamish Way in Suquamish, Washington, 98392; (360)-394-8424.