Van Buskirk Appointed as New Placer County Director

Placer County is roughly 770 miles from the Wyoming border, but for Laura Van Buskirk, it already felt like home.

The County of Placer recently appointed Van Buskirk as Director of the county Department of Child Support Services. She spent the past six years directing five of Wyoming’s nine child support judicial districts, and has 16 years of combined child support services in Wyoming and Kansas.

“I have loved the Golden State ever since I first visited with my family when I was nine years old,” said Van Buskirk. “My husband was born and raised in California and has family in the Sacramento area, so when I saw the announcement for Director of Placer County Department of Child Support Services, it seemed like a perfect fit.”

In Wyoming, Van Buskirk oversaw 13 counties as the Regional Program Manager for YoungWilliams, one of the largest private providers of child support services in the country. In that capacity, she provided leadership on performance monitoring, reporting and improvement, budget planning and compliance, relationship building, and policy development. She also served as vice president, and then president, of the Wyoming Child Support Association. Before that, Van Buskirk spent ten years as a child support attorney, establishing, enforcing, and modifying orders for support in Kansas.

In comparing child support services between Wyoming and California, Van Buskirk noted that the similarities outweigh minor variations of how programs are administered, as well as demographic, economic, and population differences.

“Both states’ programs focus on serving customers by ensuring team members have the knowledge and tools they need to excel,” she said. “Both are directed by leaders who are genuinely concerned about the well-being of their customers, and who understand the value in bringing program leaders together regularly to discuss challenges and best practices, brainstorm solutions, and produce optimal results for customers and team members.”

About her new team, Van Buskirk said, “The Placer County child support team is positive, hardworking, and dedicated to customer care. I am grateful for the opportunity, excited to be part of such a dynamic team, and I am thrilled to live in the prettiest state in the country.”

Placer County has two office locations – one each in Rocklin and Carnelian Bay.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the offices in Rocklin and Carnelian Bay are closed to on-site visits until further notice, but can be reached by telephone (866-901-3212), email (childsupport@pldcss.ca.gov) or via Customer Connect for online assistance.

Additional resources:

California Child Support Services

Placer County Department of Child Support Services

Court updates – Placer County

COVID-19 – Placer County