CANTON, Ohio - In conjunction with Child Support Awareness Month, Stark County Job and Family Services teamed up with local agencies for an amnesty day at a Canton Church on Thursday.
Individuals who had been issued a child support warrant from family court had a one-time opportunity to address and clear the warrant without fear of being arrested.
Child Support Warrant Amnesty Day took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Life Ministries.
By noon, more than 60 people turned themselves into the church on a warrant, or came to learn information on a separate new program which discussed how some folks with a criminal past can have their record expunged.
Over the last three years, more than 180 individuals have attended the event, representing more than $1.5 million in arrearages.
"This has proven to be a great event," Rob Pierson, SCJFS deputy director of child support said. "The individuals we are targeting for this event are the ones that have not shown up to a court hearing and have been issued a bench warrant. This, like many of our programs, is a means to re-engage parents and work with them to comply with their child support order."
During the event, individuals had the opportunity to resolve the warrant and deal with issues existing on their case. They were given the option to make payments on their case and work with child support case managers to reinstate their driver's license.