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Friend of the Court Amnesty Program begins in Genesee County

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    Thursday, March 6 2014 3:06 PM EST2014-03-06 20:06:03 GMT
    (03/04/14) - In Genesee County alone, there are about 55,000 active Friend of the Court cases. Director John Battles says thousands of those fathers and mothers owe money to the state. "For the most part,
    In Genesee County alone, there are about 55,000 active Friend of the Court cases.
FLINT (WJRT) -

(03/06/14) - March Madness is in full swing in Genesee County - but basketball has nothing to do with it.

The Madness is part of the county's Friend of the Court Amnesty Program, which is working with the community to clear child support debt.

At the Second Chance Church in Flint, people are getting a second shot to straighten out their finances and get out of legal trouble.

"Having what we call March Madness, individuals who are having issues with the Friend of the Court, we are giving them an opportunity to come in and rectify their debt," said Omar Sims, Genesee County Commissioner.

Many of the mothers and fathers are struggling, deep in child support debt.

"Some of these people owe as much as $50,000 - $100,000," said John Battles, Genesee County Friend of the Court.

Some of them even have warrants - but inside this auditorium, those issues won't lead to more legal problems.

"Anybody who shows up is not going to get arrested, they are not going to get handcuffed, they are not going to be taken to jail," said Judge Duncan Beagle, Genesee County Circuit Court.

Instead, the Genesee County Friend of the Court hopes to give them a break.

We have about 6,500 outstanding warrants, just for child support, so we'd like to come out and give them an opportunity to take care of their own business," Battles said.

It's a second chance for everyone involved - including the Friend of the Court.

"We are doing things like we haven't done before. People have certain impressions of the Friend of the Court. We are not your father's Friend of the Court," Battles said.

"There are decent people out there that are down on their luck, behind on child support, they are not necessarily the worst people in the world, they are not what they call 'dead beat dads,' and we have not been good about making them feel comfortable about addressing their issues," Beagle said.

If you missed Thursday's event, there are other opportunities to benefit from March Madness this month in Genesee County. Each of the three remaining amnesty events will take place on a Thursday. Here at the dates, times and locations:
 
-Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., New Jerusalem Church, 1035 E. Carpenter Road, Flint
 
-Thursday, March 20, 2 p.m., Fenton Township Hall, 12060 Mantawauka, Fenton Township
 
-Thursday, March 27, 2 p.m., Genesee County Administration Building, 1101 Beach Street, Flint

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