ACES Golden Heart and Heartless Award Winners
ACES 2004 Golden Heart Awards:
Michigan’s Attorney General, Mike Cox for establishment of the Attorney General’s Child Support Division and PayKids.com that prosecuted nonpayors and collected $1.53 million.
New York City Council Speaker A. Gifford Miller, Councilwoman Tracy Boyland and Councilman Eric N. Gioia for legislation to regulate predatory collection practices of private child support collection agencies.
Sheriff James Telb, Lucas County, Ohio for establishment of a Child Support Unit and promotion of statewide round ups (23 counties in 2003) of parents who fail to meet legal child support obligations. Hundreds have been arrested due to action by this unit.
Sheriff Edward Reilly, Nassau County, NY for the establishment and success of the SLAP Unit. The SLAP unit investigates non-payors to determine if assets are available to pay child support and refers case to US Attorney for federal prosecution.
ACES Annual Heartless Awards for those who fail to act in the best interest of disadvantaged children
Texas Attorney General Gregg Abbot for hiring Casey Huffman, former president of Supportkids.com a private child support collection agency with a history of law suits against it for unscrupulous collection practices such as contracts which auto renew indefinitely if only one payment is collected, fees for collection of support taken out of current and back support due to contract language which defines all support past, present and future as “”support”. When Mr. Huffman was previously the director of Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Enforcement Division the collection rate was only 10%. To learn more
ACES is a national non-profit child advocacy organization with 50,000 members and 400 chapters in 48 states. We are parents who have joined together to ensure that our children receive child support payments to which they are legally and morally entitled.
Previous Golden Heart Award Winners
U. S. Senator Charles E. Grassley (R) IA for his work to investigate the cause of the $738 million in undistributed child support payments being held by state governments.
U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, for her work on the Tax Bill that created a tax credit for the working poor for a child tax credit.
And For regulation of Private Child Support Collectors
· Connecticut Department of Social Services, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement,
· Texas State Representative Toby Goodman Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division,
· West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Child Support Enforcement Division
U. S. Senator Carl Levin, U S Congreswoman Connie Morella and Congressman Elija Cummings for sponsoring legislation to ensure medical support for chidldren of federal employees
New York Governor George Pataki – establishment of Child Support investigation units
Dave Beckwith- Center for Community Change
Debi Mertz- Hope for Santa
U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer, and Henry Hyde , Senator Herb Kolh and Mike Dewine for sponsoring Dead Beat Parents Punishment Act
Kentucky Governor- Paul Patton, Arkansas Governer Miker Huckabee and city of Toledo Mayo Carelon Finkbeinner for making compliance with child support orders a condition of employment with government
IRS for collections done by attaching federal income tax refunds of nonpayors
Minnesota Attorney General Huber Humphrey III – creating the Stat Attoney General Child Support unit to act a legal council for case handled by the MN Department of Human Services
Congresman Henry Hyde, and Barny Frank for sponsoring the Child Support Recovery Act
US District Court Judge Elizabeth V. Hallanhan