Seward County Child Support Enforcement is a family-first program intended to ensure families self-sufficiency. The program goals are to ensure that children have the financial and medical support of both their parents; to foster responsible behavior towards children and to emphasize that children need both parents involved in their lives.
Silvia Munoz has worked for Seward County for over a year, starting as a Legal Assistant and then moving to Child Support Enforcement, both in the Seward County Attorney's Office. Silvia expressed how much she enjoys her position, "I am able to work independently and challenge myself in my role."
Child Support Enforcement is not involved in enforcing every child support case, only those that are referred. Generally, either the custodial parent applies for child support assistance and then the case is referred to the appropriate county or if the custodial parent is receiving state assistance, child support enforcement is usually mandatory.
Silvia has found that both parties in child support cases are appreciative of getting assistance from her office; "I'm able to give one-on-one assistance to parents; you just never know what situation the parent is in." In her short time in her position, she is proud of several accomplishments including, cutting down on the backlog in child support, reviewing current cases, closing inactive ones and following up on cases that were previously at a standstill. Seward County Child Support Enforcement has approximately 400+ active cases.
Q & A:
Who was your childhood crush?
It was in middle school. I was around 13-14 years old, I won’t say his name. He had blonde hair and blue eyes. I thought he was cute. I wrote his name on my stuff; my friends gave me a hard time. I ran into him as an adult and thought “What was I thinking!?”
What is a story your family always tells about you?
When I was probably 10 years old, my family and I, which included my three sisters, my mom, and my dad, were driving around in the country. We drove past a feed lot and one of my sisters pointed out a cow and said “Look! There’s (one my other sisters in the car)”. That sister replied by saying “Oh yea? Well that one is you!” Everyone started joking about which cow was who. After a minute of them joking around, I started to sob quietly. My mom asked my sisters “What did you do to Silvia?!” They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me until they finally got it out of me. I replied, “No one said I was a cow!”
If you knew the world was ending in 2018, what would you do differently?
Of course, I would spend more time with family, travel more. I would love to visit Spain. See where my roots began.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
Misspellings. I mean the easy ones, when people don’t use the correct form of to/too or there/their .. Ugh.
Which store would you like to max out your credit card at?
Do you have a name for your car?
Paula. She’s a Chevy Impala. Get it?!
If you could switch jobs with anyone, what would you be doing?
A forensic scientist.
Silvia Munoz is from Elm Creek, Nebraska. She has two girls, ages 12 & 16. She enjoys shopping, eating and YouTube videos.