BARSTOW The San Bernardino County Department of Child Support Services received two awards at the Statewide Directors Meeting in Sacramento in January.

The California Department of Child Support Services recognized San Bernardino County DCSS as one of only two recipients to receive the "Director's Excellence Award," which is awarded to those agencies that exceeded all performance improvement and collections goals in 2012.

The San Bernardino County DCSS, which has offices in Victorville, Ontario and Loma Linda, determines paternity, establishes and enforces child support orders, and issues payments to assist families in meeting the financial and medical needs of their children.

"We are proud of the hard work that all our counties perform daily," said California DCSS Interim Director Kathleen Hrepich. "Once each year, we recognize those counties that have exceeded the annual goals set for performance in the child support program. These top performers are to be especially commended, given the difficult economic conditions in which all child support professionals operate. Higher performance means more real dollars for California's families and children."

The DCSS was also recognized with the "Increased Distributed Collections Award" for its significant increase in collections during the year. San Bernardino's collections grew by 4.3 percent during 2012, which was one of the highest rates of increase for any county in California, and significantly higher than the State's expectations for collections growth, according to a news release.

The San Bernardino County DCSS serves more than 130,000 children in the largest county by area in the continental United States. In the Financial Fiscal Year 2012 which runs from Oct. 1, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2012 San Bernardino County DCSS collected and distributed more than $169 million in child support payments.

"DCSS is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have the resources they need to provide the necessities of life to their families," the news release stated.