Proclamation 5693 -- National Child Support Enforcement Month, 1987
By the President of the United States of America
15 million children in the
Although the Congress and the Executive branch have designed programs to help nurture children and protect them from poverty, the ultimate responsibility for the care of children belongs with their parents. Ensuring that parents provide for their children is an important goal for our Nation. As I have said, the family is the most basic support system there is, and the most fundamental duty of a parent is to provide financial support to his or her children.
In 1984, the Congress strengthened the Federal-State child support system and improved incentives for State governments to implement effective practices to alleviate the financial distress of children. Dedicated cooperation among family support enforcement personnel, the judiciary, and the legal community has led to greater success in locating absent parents, establishing paternity, and, ultimately, collecting child support. Nonetheless, much remains to be done to foster a nationwide conviction that child support represents not only a legal responsibility but a profound ethical obligation of parents and an urgent moral right of children.
The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 313, has designated the month of August 1987 as ``National Child Support Enforcement Month'' and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in its observance.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of August, in
the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-seven, and of the
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