An audit of child support distributions in Missouri reveals that the state is failing to distribute millions of dollars in child support, often just because the state doesn’t have a current address for the recipient. Here’s an article about the audit from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. And here’s another from the Belleville News Democrat.
The audit contrasts the backlog of unclaimed child support in Missouri with the much lower figure in Illinois, where the state takes advantage of the U.S. Postal Service’s automated address change service. In Missouri, the amount of unclaimed child support has reached $16 million (immediately following the seizure of state tax refunds). As of February, the audit says, the unclaimed child support was about $4 million.