Kansas Department for Children and Families officials say it will begin texting parents who owe child support in an effort increase collections.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the department started a pilot project with 100,000 Kansas residents to see if texting helps remind parents to pay child support. The department will also try using texts to remind people about court dates and other appointments.
A news release about the program says that texts will be sent to remind non-custodial parents who haven’t paid child support in the last 45 days.
Department spokeswoman Theresa Freed says the programs costs the state less than $5,000, which comes from postal mail savings.
Freed says that of the pilot proves to increase collections until June 30, the department will implement across the state.