The state has launched a new effort to go after parents who evade paying child support putting their photos online, showing the amount they owe.
Right now, more than $800 million dollars is owed to Kansas families.
KSN talked to a local mother who says she’s pleased with the push to get that money for Kansas kids.
Shelby Madison is familiar with the struggle many Kansas parents face with late payments or no payments at all to support their children.
She says the new program is something she could have used even several years back.
Wichita mother Shelby Madison says life with her 9-year-old son Braydan hasn’t always been easy.
Especially with little to no financial support from his father.
“He hasn’t paid in years. He’s probably only paid probably about a total of four months,” said Shelby Madison, Wichita.
To help make ends meet, she says she stayed with her grandfather and mother at times.
Today she and her partner work as a team to raise Braydan and their newborn daughter. But she says without financial support from Braydan’s dad, he isn’t able to do everything a little boy would like to.
“My son could probably be playing soccer, or basketball or something, but I can’t afford to get him into that because I’m trying to buy food, pay the bills,” said Madison.
For these reasons, Madison says the Child Support Evader’s list is a powerful tool. If the men and women don’t show up here, they could be put here online, for the public to help locate.
“We’re asking the community not only here in Wichita but across the United States to help us find these people, we want them to pay their child support and this is one of the avenues we’re going to try,” said Joni Wilson-Colby, Court Trustees Office Program Director.
She says the criteria to appear on the website includes owing more than $5,000 and not being able to locate them or their employer.
Wilson-Colby says the program is not meant to humiliate people but instead to connect them to resources to get them back on track.
She says they provide incentives for non-custodial parents to try and get them to cooperate with their office.
She says they’ve collected about 55 percent of current support owed but that isn’t good enough, and they want to collect more.