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9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Child Support Solutions assists parents

AKRON — Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh announced Aug. 20 that the Summit County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) collected close to $4,000 in child support payments during Child Support Solutions.

Volunteers helped 343 parents receive services, including driver’s license reinstatement, warrant resolution, case reviews and genetic paternity testing.

“I’m thrilled that so many parents took advantage of the resources Child Support Solutions offered,” said Walsh. “Almost half of the attendees were unemployed, which proves that our economy is still playing a large role in why parents don’t make their child support payments. That’s why it’s so vital for us to continually seek new ways like this to help parents meet their financial obligations.”

Close to 80 volunteers were on hand to assist attendees. Of those who attended Child Support Solutions: 343 parents received services; $3,849.54 in child support was paid; 61 warrants were resolved; 101 driver’s licenses were reinstated; 46 parents attended Workforce Orientation; and 27 parents received free genetic paternity testing.

CSEA case managers were available to discuss payment arrangements and support modification. Attendees were offered a quick, painless genetic paternity test to legally establish paternity. Parents who had their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay child support were able to reinstate their licenses. Those with outstanding child support-related warrants were able to resolve them without going to jail. Additionally, representatives from a multitude of federal, state and local agencies were on hand to discuss the available resources to help attendees finish their education, get a new job and become a better parent.

Partner organizations offering their services at this event included the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Summit County Executive’s Office, Summit County Fiscal Office, Department of Veterans Affairs, Fathers & Sons of Northeast Ohio, Man 2 Man, Summit County Clerk of Courts, Summit County Court of Common Pleas, Summit County Domestic Relations Court, The Job Center and Fame Fathers.

 

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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