Thursday August 12, 2004
For Immediate Release
For Information Contact:Jennifer F. Brislin
502.574.4137 Patrick H. Neely
Louisville Metro Councilwomen Denise Bentley, D-1, and Julie Raque Adams, R-18, are stepping up the fight against deadbeat parents.
As chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the new Human Services Committee, one of their top goals is to help families become more financially stable by increasing the collection rate for child support.
As a result of their committee’s efforts, MetroTV (cable channel 25) began airing a segment this month designed to help catch deadbeat parents.
“This effort is the first of many that the committee will undertake to fight the problem of deadbeat parents,” Bentley said. “Non-payment of child support is a threat to the health and welfare of too many families in this community. We must use every tool at our disposal to help the children of these families.
” The television spot is about three minutes long and runs periodically on Channel 25. It features people wanted for flagrant non-support of children and includes their names, photos, date of birth, height, weight, eye and hair color as well as the amount owed. Viewers can call 574-8323 if they have information on people wanted for not making child-support payments.
The Jefferson County Attorney’s Child Support Division will be supplying MetroTV with names each month.
“We see it as another valuable tool in our efforts to collect as much as possible for the children of Jefferson County,” said George Boehnlein, director of child support for County Attorney Irv Maze. “We are looking forward to reaching more people through this effort.” There are 74,000 active case child support cases in Jefferson County. In the last fiscal year, the County Attorney’s office collected a record amount of $64 million.
“Thousands of families in Jefferson County have trouble making ends meet because one of the parents is not living up to his or her obligations,” Raque Adams said. “Families are the foundation for this community. We must address this critical issue so we can strengthen families and provide a safe, nurturing environment for our children.”
Nationally, the Federal Office of Child Support in the Preliminary Statistics for 2002 reported that $92.3 billion in accumulated unpaid support is due to almost 20 million children.
- Julie Raque Adams (R)
- 18 Denise bentley (D) 1