In Durham County, the Social Services department held a special amnesty day to give non-custodial parents a chance to stop running and hiding from the Child Support Enforcement Department and pay up.
Social Services invited nearly two hundred people wanted for not paying their child support to the Durham County Court house. If they showed up and paid two hundred and fifty dollars, their arrest warrant for failure to pay child support would be terminated. Dads, moms, and even grandparents were able to pay the money and have the threat of jail time taken away.
ABC 11 asked Child Support Enforcement Officials if it was fair to offer a second chance to non-custodial parents who haven’t owned up to their financial responsibilities and have been evading the law. Mary Flounoy of the Durham Child Support Enforcement Department said “it doesn’t benefit anybody if the parents are in jail. So we want to do all we can to make sure people have a job and they are paying their child support.”
Social Services will take the two hundred and fifty dollars and hand it over to the parent who is owed money. Some people drove as much as two and a half hours to get there. At last count, approximately twenty-one people took advantage of the program.