The State Treasury of Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) have joined forces to return $1.7 million in unclaimed money to families with unpaid child support.
The return process was completed through a match of past-due child support cases with the treasury’s database of unclaimed money, which benefitted 10,000 families in the Magnolia State.
“This new policy puts Mississippi’s kids first,” Treasurer David McRae said. “If you are behind making your child support payments, know the State Treasury will return any cash we find in your name to your kids first. It’s the right thing to do. I applaud Senators Walter Michel and Nicole Boyd for championing this effort in the legislature and thank MDHS Director Bob Anderson for working with me to return $1.7 million. Because of this good work, I am hopeful this money can be put to good use by families this holiday season.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Walter Michel, R-Madison, and Nicole Akins Boyd, R-Oxford, authorized the treasurer’s office to complete the match and distribute the funds in collaboration with MDHS.
“This collaboration is a great example of government officials working together to the benefit of Mississippi children,” MDHS Executive Director Bob Anderson said. “We are grateful to the state legislature for granting us the authority to return unclaimed money to families with unpaid child support and to our partners in the State Treasurer’s office for working closely with us to successfully implement this new process.”
The State Treasury has returned more than $60 million in unclaimed money. To search for unclaimed money in your name, click here.