Ontario website features first batch of parents who don't pay child support
Editor's note: This story was first published in 2007.
Ontario's new website aiming to find deadbeat parents looks much like a list of wanted posters— except most photos appear to be cropped out of family pictures from happier times.
The Ministry of Community and Social Services launched the website www.goodparentspay.com Monday, less than a month after announcing its latest effort to find parents who owe outstanding child support.
"Good parents pay child support. For those who don't, we want to make things very clear: we will find you and we will make sure your children get the support they deserve," said Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur in a news release Monday.
Each profile of a deadbeat parent features a name, photo, physical description, last known location and the person's usual occupation.
Readers can then anonymously submit information on the website if they know the person's whereabouts.
Only 18 men are currently featured on the site and the number won't rise much beyond that.
The site will show up to 25 profiles at a time, for either three months or until the person has been found.
Ontario's Family Responsibility Office has more than 180,000 active cases of deadbeat parents with more than $1 billion owing in child support.
To be featured, the parent must have not paid child support for the past six months. The Family Responsibility Office must also have exhausted all ways of finding the person.
- The headline of this story originally said "Ontario website features first batch of deadbeat dads." It has now been amended to reflect the purpose of the site, which is to feature parents who don't pay child support."Jun 01, 2016 7:19 PM ET