Grand Rapids attorney Elizabeth Bransdorfer has shared the news about a one-day child support amnesty program. Kent County is offering a break to some 3,500 residents who have fallen behind on child support payments over the last year and found themselves the subject of a bench warrant. According to news reports on WOODTV, the county is teaming up with a Grand Rapids church to offer an amnesty day next month so people can work to resolve their unpaid child support without going to jail and have a chance to keep history from repeating itself.
At this time, Kent County has two deputies dedicated to Friend of the Court enforcement. Their job is to collect the millions of dollars in outstanding child support. But the FOC recognizes that putting people in jail does not help get the money. People who are delinquent and avoid attempts to communicate with the FOC, though, are likely to be picked up on a warrant. So the FOC has started a new program teaming law enforcement with a social worker whose job is to reach out to those who are behind to see what can be done short of arrest.
The Amnesty Day program will be held on August 12th at the LifeQuest Church. The county and Lifequest will be working together to help people work out plans to settle their arrearages without fear of arrest. There will also be resources available to help find jobs and deal with problems like substance abuse or mental health.
You may read more about the program and find directions to the church on the website of WOODTV.