Child support court saving money
"Coweta County's new child support court is saving the county money.
The goal of the court is to keep non-custodial parents out of jail, working and providing for their families. The local program started Aug. 15. Since Aug. 23 six people -- who would otherwise have been incarcerated -- are not in jail.
"We have saved the county over $4,500 already," said Blue Cole, who works with the program.
Even more important, child support court helps people change their lives and helps families heal. "They have somebody who is pulling for them and who has taken an interest in them as a person," Cole said.
The state's first child support court began in Carroll County in January 2009. Superior Court Judge John Simpson, who is part of the circuit that includes both Coweta and Carroll, announced in March that a child support court would be started in Coweta County.
The court -- technically the Problem Solving Court -- takes a holistic approach. The innovative court program is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Resources' Division of Child Support Services."