The Support Biz Competition and Growth Millions Served
A Changing Business Environment
Number of  Child Support Cases Handled by the State of Texas, 1983-2002 chart. long description of chart

Caseloads Grow But Welfare Cases Shrink. In Texas, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) competes with county-operated and private collection agencies which selectively take many of the easier or more lucrative cases. Under state law, the OAG is required to provide free child support services to all who apply, including thousands of teenage parents and inmates in Texas prisons who often cannot pay. Though its caseload has grown steadily, the number of welfare (temporary assistance to needy families or TANF) cases has declined since the passage of national welfare reform in 1996 increasing the profitability of collection efforts.

Source: OAG; Census Bureau. (full source)