On behalf of the African American Juvenile Justice Project (www.aajjp.com), we support SB 333 ' Fatherhood Program'.
For years, we have served the community with programs that includes our Fathers Rights Initiative, which includes a father's right to know plus the importance that fathers are more than a paycheck.
We hope that SB 333 will engage, educate and empower fathers to be the best role models for their children and community. We also hope that the Urban Affairs committee will look at ways to calculate child support to align with the rest of America.
Since 2012, the majority of the U.S has added a Self Support Reserve provision to calculate child support payments for non custodial parents. This provision is premised upon accountability, affordability and availability of funds to ensure monthly payments, but reduce contempt of court for non payment and the collateral consequences (loss of drivers license, negative credit reporting, incarceration, garnished wages and disruption of work and separation of families).
AAJJP also supports HB 783, which we requested in 2017 at the School Partnership Summit to raise the age of mandatory school attendance in Georgia to 17. Currently, students can drop out at the age of 16, increasing the age limit would increase graduation rates and funding to ensure that the services needed to keep students in school is included in the budget.