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Genesee County FOC to host outreach event Thursday, amnesty promised

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(12/04/13) - Genesee County's Friend of the Court is offering those who owe child support a second chance, and it comes without the threat of arrest for people with open Friend of the Court warrants.

An outreach event is being held Thursday at, quite fitting, Flint's Second Chance Church.

"We're all members that have needed second and third and fourth chances," joked Pastor Derrick Aldridge. "We're excited about them asking us to be part of this. We've got young kids, at the church, that have friends who owe child support, back child support, and they've been afraid to go downtown."

Even Aldridge can relate to that. He said he has four kids and had trouble paying his child support.

The police came for him.

"Because my boss was kind to me, they didn't take me to jail that day," he said.

If you attend the event Thursday, with an open Friend of the Court warrant, you won't go to jail either.

"No one will be arrested. No one will be hassled. This is a completely voluntary program. What we're doing is simply making them aware of what the state is offering and what the local office can do to help them help themselves," said Genesee County Friend of the Court Director Jack Battles.

The amnesty part is an incentive to help get people in the door.

Friend of the Court staff will have information about programs available to help get child support paid and in some cases, even get some of what's owed waived.

Genesee County is part of a pilot program, called Carots, that over the course of 24 months, if you comply, drastically wipes out what you owe.

The event runs from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Second Chance Church in Flint. The church is located at 1950 Burr Blvd. Everyone is welcome. 

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