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Wake judge shares solutions for solving child support isses

Posted March 25, 2010 6:55 p.m. EDT
Updated March 25, 2010 9:50 p.m. EDT

— A District Court judge in Wake County is taking her approach to helping solve the problem of deadbeat moms and dads to the Internet.

More than 180 registrants from 26 states and six countries – mostly judges, magistrates and court personnel – participated Thursday in a free 90-minute Web seminar addressing solving child support issues in the court system.

The program, "Breaking the Cycle: Applying an Evidence-Based Problem-Solving Court Model," focuses on District Judge Kristin Ruth's problem-solving court model, which uses house arrest, employment and education programs, substance abuse treatment and jail to address the causes of nonpayment of child support.

“Given the state of the economy right now, this is a great way to disseminate vital information to courts around the country easily and efficiently and without major expenditure,” Ruth said.

Thursday's session, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families was the first of five online seminars scheduled this year.

The next Web seminar, entitled "Great Idea, But Where's the Data," is set for sometime in June.