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Douglasville, GA- February 8, 2019, marked the kick off for the Douglas County Judicial, Parental Accountability Court for the Division of Child Support Services. The event hosted by Douglas County Superior Court Judge Cynthia C. Adams and Juvenile Court Judge Michelle Harrison took place in Citizens Hall of the Douglas County Courthouse on Hospital Drive.
The Parental Accountability Court (PAC) program is a joint effort of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Child Support Services and Superior Court Judges to offer an alternative to incarceration and to help non-payers of child support make regular payments. The program utilizes community resources to address barriers that keep parents from meeting their support obligation.
During the welcome of the event, Judge Adams shared the impact she believes the program will provide to Douglas County families. "This kick-off is not about us. It's about the people that we're ultimately going to be able to help," Adams said. "It's about the success stories that are going to come out of this program."
The PAC program will help parents rebuild their lives, rejoin their families and provide financial support for their children. The goal is to have a one-hundred percent success rate, but there are barriers to face such as mental health, alcohol and substance abuse and unemployment. However, all parties involved believe that with strong support and resources from community partners, the program will prove its necessity and lasting effect.
"This is my opportunity to see the positive effects we're all making in the county and for our community, so I am thrilled to have this opportunity," Judge Harrison said. As the presiding judge by designation for the PAC, Judge Harrison will play a vital role in the decision making for each case. Through judicial oversight, PAC will assist transitioning noncustodial parents with barriers to self-sufficiency through parent accountability, employment, and education. PAC is an effort by the department, and the community to help remove barriers and build "Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia."
Photo, left to right: Juvenile Court Judge Michelle Harrison and Superior Court Judge Cynthia C. Adams