BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is making it easier for parents to make child support payments.
According to a press release, DCFS has teamed up with MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI), a money transfer company, to electronically send payments to DCFS for transfer to custodial parents.
The service is available at Walmart, CVS and 780 other locations in Louisiana. Previously, the only payment option was a money order mailed to the Centralized Collection Unit (CCU) in Baton Rouge.
"Our objective is to strengthen families by making it easier for parents to support their children and play a bigger part in their lives," said DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters. "Payment options have been somewhat limited for parents who don't use traditional banking. With MoneyGram outlets in so many convenient locations, paying child support can become part of their routine."
To make a payment through MoneyGram, parents need:
- Their LASES member number or LASES case ID.
- "Receive Code" 14695 (Note: This code can be obtained from the DCFS/Child Support Website, MoneyGram Website or by providing the retailer with the name Louisiana Child Support.)
- In addition to the payment, MoneyGram charges a $3.99 convenience fee.
Parents can also make payments online at MoneyGram.com or from the MoneyGram smartphone app (available for Apple® and AndroidTM devices).
"MoneyGram is recognized around the globe as a financial connection to friends and family," said Ross McFerrin, MoneyGram's head of payments. "We are proud to work closely with the state of Louisiana to provide these convenient payment services for families who need to make these important transactions."