Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Holiday ads target parents

For Father's Day, Butler County wants child-support money

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Parents behind on support for children in Butler County may receive an unwelcome surprise on Father's Day.

        The county plans to publish in some local newspapers this Sunday — Father's Day — the names of about 200 parents who have failed to keep up with child-support payments and who cannot be located.

        Last year, this tactic resulted in the location and arrest of 72 child-support offenders, said Daniel Cade, director of the county's Child Support Enforcement Agency.

        That's more than twice the normal number of monthly child-support arrests in Butler County, he said.

        The agency will buy half-page ads in six local newspapers to publicize the names of the child-support offenders.

        “This is another attempt to be aggressive in finding those folks who fail to support their children,” Mr. Cade said.

        The ads prompt some delinquent parents to turn themselves in, he said. Others will be turned in by people who recognize their names and know where they are, he said.


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