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Alumna Bean Signs Child Support Treaty for the United States

Margot Bean, ’75, has devoted her professional life to obtaining a decent standard of living for children around the world. Late last year, she saw these efforts bear dramatic fruit when she signed Hague Family Law Treaty, on behalf of the U.S. government.

This treaty, which she has been negotiating since 2002, sets up a system to collect support payments owed to children from parents who are absent in countries different from their children. Bean, who was part of the U.S. diplomatic delegation to finalize the treaty, was personally authorized by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to sign on behalf of the United States government, making this country the first national signatory, on Friday, Nov. 23.

In 2005, Bean was appointed director of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, part of the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services, making her the highest child support collection official in the country.

While a Hobart and William Smith, Bean majored in political science and played field hockey. She went on to receive her law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1979.