Child support amnesty event under way in Akron; parents can resolve support issues

Program gives offenders chance to resolve warrants

AKRON, Ohio - A two-day amnesty event is under way in Summit County to help non-custodial parents address payment barriers when it comes to child support.

The program is taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 24 and 25 at The Job Center at 1040 E. Tallmadge Avenue in Akron.

Participants will be able to:
- Reinstate their driver's license
- Resolve outstanding child support warrants
- Apply for waiver or settlement of past due child support owed to the state
- May payment arrangements for back child support
- Have genetic testing done to determine paternity

"I understand that there are social and economic reasons beyond parent' control that sometimes make them afraid to contact the child support enforcement agency to discuss their specific situation that leads to non-payment of child support. This event provides the perfect opportunity for them to do so in a non-threatening, peaceful environment where we can provide them with the tools and resources they need all in one location," said Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh.

The Summit County Child Support enforcement agency collects nearly $86 million annually and handles more than 55,000 child support cases.

Look for more information on this event later today on newsnet5.com.

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