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Lorain County Child Support Enforcement Agency
Back-to-School Amnesty Program
August 1, 2017 - Augut 31, 2017

Throughout the month of August, the Lorain County Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA) is once again sponsoring a “Back-to-School Amnesty Program” whereby parents who have had their driver’s license suspended for failure to pay child support can pay one month’s worth of child support to CSEA and CSEA will re-instate their driver’s license.  The obligor parent must also pay a $25.00 re-instatement fee to the BMV.  We hope that this program will generate some extra money for the custodial parents as they send their children back to school this year. 

Payments can be made in cash, by check, or money order at the payment window in the CSEA lobby, daily from 7:30a.m. to 4:15p.m and Tuesdays until 6:30p.m.  Payments can also be mailed to Child Support Enforcement Agency at 42485 North Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035.

This is the 14th year that Lorain County CSEA has enacted a Driver’s License Reinstatement Program to support Child Support Awareness.  Statistics from past years show that participation in the program actually changed the behavior of some parents who began paying on a more regular basis after making payments through the Amnesty Driver’s License Reinstatement Program.

According to the CSEA Administrator, Rula R. Raphael, in August of 2016, the Lorain County Child Support Enforcement Agency collected over $42,000.00 in child support and 186 licenses were reinstated as a result of the Amnesty Driver’s License Reinstatement Program.

The county will also have information and referrals available for unemployed or underemployed parents.  Referrals will be made to the Jobs Network for free vocational testing and help with the job search.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the “Back-to-School Amnesty Program” can call CSEA at 440-284-4401.



If you need legal assistance,
You can contact Legal Aid any weekday for help.

New intakes are processed via phone:
888-817-3777 (toll free)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 9a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you prefer an in-person intake application, those are handled:
Tuesday, Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
At any of our four Northeast Ohio offices (Cleveland, Elyria, Jefferson & Painsville).

Visit www.lasclev.org for more information!

Listed below are The Legal Aid Society’s upcoming neighborhood clinics. 

CIVIL MATTERS ONLY (NOT CRIMINAL)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Clinic for U.S. Veterans
Call 216-391-0264 for an appointment

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Part of Lorain United Way’s “Week of Caring”
Oberlin Depot - Oberlin Community Services
240 South Main Street, Oberlin
Call 440-774-6579 for an appointment

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
advice for CMHA residents and HCVP (Section 8) participants
5:00  PM – 6:30 PM
CMHA
8120 Kinsman Road, Cleveland
Any resident of CMHA or participant in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) may walk in for free legal advice to this first come, first served Brief Advice Clinic.  Help is available for problems related to housing, health care, employment, family matters and more.  Bring all documents related to the problem or questions to the clinic.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
West Side Catholic Center
3135 Lorain Avenue, Cleveland

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Clinic for U.S. Veterans
Call 216-391-0264 for an appointment
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Oberlin Depot - Oberlin Community Services
240 South Main Street, Oberlin
Call 440-774-6579 for an appointment

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Clinic for U.S. Veterans
Call 216-391-0264 for an appointment

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Oberlin Depot - Oberlin Community Services
240 South Main Street, Oberlin
Call 440-774-6579 for an appointment

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Special Clinic for U.S. Veterans
Call 216-391-0264 for an appointment

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cleveland Public Library – Rice Branch
11535 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Oberlin Depot - Oberlin Community Services
240 South Main Street, Oberlin
Call 440-774-6579 for an appointment


At these clinics, attorneys are available for free brief advice on legal matters relating to shelter, safety, consumer issues, and legal issues related to health, education, work, income and immigration.

In addition to providing help via neighborhood clinics – people in need can contact Legal Aid anytime for help – see details at: http://lasclev.org/contact/


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