MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Supervisor of Morris County’s heralded Child Support Program will speak this week at the 39th Annual New Jersey Child Support Training Event, a virtual conference designed each year to recognize child support initiatives and staff across the state, as well as offer training and networking opportunities for child support professionals.
Supervisor Lucy D’Anna, whose Morris County program was recognized in 2020 as the Child Support Unit of The Year in the State of New Jersey, will speak during the first day of the March 3 to March 5 virtual conference. The event is organized and hosted by The New Jersey Child Support Council, a non-profit organization made up of professionals from throughout the state dedicated to improving the provision of child support services to children and families in New Jersey.
D’Anna will co-present a program with Rutgers New Jersey Child Support Institute (NJCSI) Monmouth Family Division, and Hudson and Bergen County Probation Divisions on a session titled “A Day in the Life – Working in a Remote Environment.” The session will focus on what Morris County and other counties have been doing to manage child support programming remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned and best practices developed during the past year.
This year’s statewide conference is entitled: “Embracing Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity in a Virtual World”.
“We represent Morris County and the residents of Morris County every day. We are here to help with any questions regarding child support or child support needs,” said D’Anna of her day-to-day efforts to make the program accessible to all Morris County residents seeking support and assistance.
Morris County’s Child Support Program is an integral piece of the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance’s services and has been recognized as an example for child support services across the state of New Jersey. The program helps families locate non-custodial parents and review all existing child support orders, which are intended to make certain that all parents meet the financial needs of their children. For families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, known as TANF benefits, cooperation with the Child Support Program is an important first step at gaining financial security for children in need of support.
D’Anna has been recognized for her leadership since assuming the role of Morris County Child Support Supervisor back in March of 2018.
In 2019, Morris County’s Child Support Program won County Welfare Agency of the Year at the annual New Jersey Child Support State Conference. Maria Velasquez of the Morris County Child Support Program also won New Jersey Child Support Institute (NJCSI) participant of the year in 2019.
D’Anna was most recently recognized in 2021 by the Assistant Director of the State of New Jersey Child Support services for her leadership initiatives and active participation in statewide leadership trainings. D’Anna encourages Child Support staff to be involved in ongoing training initiatives that advance the everyday work of Child Support in Morris County, evidenced by the accredited quality of services to residents.
D’Anna’s current efforts revolve around making Child Support in Morris County more computer-based in an increasingly virtual environment. She serves as a valuable support to neighboring counties like Somerset and Warren during times of COVID-19 remote work transitions and new leadership.
For residents seeking Child Support (paternity and location) services, call 973-326-7800 or click here.