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Monroe, Brown Co. To Participate In Deadbeat Parent Registry
Updated November 6, 2014 12:00 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana is launching a new registry to aid in tracking down deadbeat parents.

The Department of Child Services is partnering with local prosecutors, sheriffs, clerks and courts to start a child support registry modeled after a similar system used for protective orders.

Hoosier parents are currently more than $2.3 billion in arrears in child support.

Cynthia Longest, DCS deputy director of child support, says the registry will give police more tools to find parents who aren't paying their child support.

When a law enforcement officer encounters someone, such as during a traffic stop, that officer can now find out if that person has a child support-related court order or warrant in civil court.

Johnson, Monroe, Bartholomew, Morgan and Brown counties are participating in the pilot program, which is mostly federally funded.

If it works, DCS plans to launch the child support registry statewide.

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