Parents who have had their driver’s license or professional license suspended for not paying child support have the chance of reinstatement this month as Hamilton County Job and Family Services celebrates national Child Support Awareness Month with an offer of amnesty.
Delinquent parents who want to take advantage of an amnesty offer can have their driver’s license or professional license reinstated by paying a portion of their total child support obligation and reporting their employment so wages can be garnished. To determine if you qualify for license reinstatement, please call 946-7387.
“It is in the best interests of the child that we establish an income stream so basic needs are being met,” said Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County’s Job and Family Services. “We are willing to work with delinquent parents because we want to re-establish that relationship with the child and ensure food, shelter and clothing are an automatic – and, always, our hope is that the relationship will go beyond that.”
All parents who participate in amnesty will sign a license-reinstatement agreement committing them to staying on track with child support payments.
In addition to offering amnesty, the agency is celebrating Child Support Month by asking the public to wear green Aug. 2 in support of a child’s right to financial support. This is a statewide effort to raise awareness around child support. Please share your photos at www.facebook.com/hcjfs, www.twitter.com/hamiltoncojfs, www.instagram.com/hamiltoncojfs and www.pinterest.com/hcjfs.
Again, to take advantage of amnesty, parents must call 946-7387.
The Department’s Child Support Enforcement Agency handles about 78,000 cases each month involving more than 234,000 county residents. Last year, it collected $128 million for families that might not otherwise have had the financial support necessary to pay for such items as food, medical care, child care, school clothes and school supplies. Many of the children without child support turn to public assistance, with taxpayers providing financial support.