Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke declared August as "Child Support Awareness Month" in the City of Evansville.
The mayor made the announcement on Thursday, July 29th in front of the Civic Center, where he was joined by a single mother of three who's been dealing with child support issues for the last 17 years.
She says she's still owed $100,000 in back payments from her ex-husband and hopes to streamline the process by making these issues publicly known and starting her own non-profit.
"With my experiences, I wanted to do something to bring awareness that it's not 'just' child support. And I've heard that a lot through my 17 years," said Julie Eder. "For some children, it could mean they don't receive the necessary things to lead a healthy and safe life."
Her daughter Claudia is now in college studying law.
"It really effected my mom. She's had sacrifices and struggles," Claudia Eder said. "You know she couldn't take all these opportunities at work because she would have no one to watch us. She sometimes wouldn't be able to eat lunch to make sure we could eat lunch."
And they are not alone. $2 Billion is owed in child support for Hoosier children for this past year and the staggering amount has a lot to do with the pandemic
"A lot of non-custodial parents were receiving unemployment as well as the $600 dollars a week extra that the government was giving and all of that was garinshable," Julie Eder said. "So, the collections increased."
Starting next month, the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office says the county will become one of three in the Hoosier state to take part in a new pilot program to update the online system used to handle child support cases.
"Keeping up with people as they change from job to job is very difficult and technologically is how we need to approach that," said Nick Hermann with the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor's Office. "And I think the state is finally getting that gear and heading in that direction."
Eder's goal, by making these issues public and known, she wants to help streamline the process for other struggling single parents, by starting her own non-profit.