Child Support Services
Tamara L. Thomas
Tamara Thomas is the Director of Stanislaus County’s Department of Child Support Services. Tamara joined the District Attorney Family Support Division in 1989. Ms. Thomas was promoted to the Assistant Director position in 1998. A major legislative change in early 2000 formed a new state agency, The California Department of Child Support Services, along with a new county agency, The Stanislaus County Department of Child Support Services. Ms. Thomas continued her role as Assistant Director during the creation of the new agency serving as the Transition Coordinator for the project. In 2006 Tamara served as the Stanislaus County Local Child Support Services System Conversion Coordinator for 18 months while converting the county’s cases to the Statewide Child Support Enforcement System.
Ms. Thomas has been an instructor for the Stanislaus County’s Supervisory College in the area of Employee Performance and Communication. She is an active member of the Child Support Director’s Association (CSDA), is an instructor for the CSDA Leadership Institute, CSDA Annual Training Expo, is a CSDA Policy and Regulation Committee member, and has been a CSDA Board of Director member from 2010-2013. Tamara places a high emphasis on employee development, performance improvement, and customer focus. Ms. Thomas has a degree from The University of San Francisco’s School of Management in Organizational Behavior, graduating with honors.
The Department of Child Support Services currently has 159 employees and operates a $16 million dollar annual budget. The department has approximately 29,610 cases and serves approximately 110,000 participants. The agency establishes paternity and support orders, and enforces and collects child support and medical support. Annual collections for the department exceed $49 million. As the Director of the department, Ms. Thomas has a commitment to helping families become responsible for providing for their children. She sees the child support agency’s role as a partnership with other county agencies in an effort to help parents improve both the financial and emotional support of their children.