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Recession hurts child support collection

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The recession is also hurting parents who depend on child support to help make ends meet. Last year four-thousand Georgia parents who owed child support were receiving unemployment benefits.

As of March that number quadrupled to 16,000. When a non-custodial parent has no income child support can't be collected. But Georgia's Fatherhood program is helping many of those unemployed parents get back into the workforce through training.

"A lot of people look at child support services as just for the enforcement action, but we are also there to help the non-custodial parent who want to help themselves become self-sufficient," said Georgia Child Support Director, Keith Horton.

Around 3,000 parents go through Georgia's Fatherhood program. The program helped collect an additional $12-million in child support. Parents who complete the program usually are paid at a higher rate.

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