Immediate Release: “His Neglect Inspired Me To Get My $65.5 Million Deal. It’s Time To Let Bygones Be Bygones.”
Kai Patterson created Project Child Support in honor of his mother, Brenda Patterson West, who never received child support from his father. When Patterson’s mother became pregnant, his father denied that he was the father, and moved to Europe to become a producer. He had recently graduate with an engineering degree from Newark College of Engineering (NJIT: New Jersey Institute Of Technology), but decided to purse his love for the entertainment industry. When Patterson was born, his father’s parents knew he was their grandson when they saw him, embraced him like he was their child, but Patterson’s father never met his son until Patterson was 9-years-old. Patterson said prior to meeting his father that he met a few strangers who asked him if he was the son of his father, because they looked so much alike as children. “Before the discovery of DNA, it was hit or miss with blood types, but my father’s parents knew I was their grandson, and my father admitted the truth years later. When he returned to the United States, he was like a celebrity on my father’s side of the family, but my mother endured never receiving child support, even though he was a very successful man. Like many grandparents whose grandchildren look like their children, they treated me like I was their child,” says Kai Patterson.”
Recently, Project Child Support announced that Kai Patterson and the company received a $65.5 million television deal that profiles selected child support cases related to the dilemmas that mothers and fathers face in America. The deal will make him the 7th highest paid reality stars, according to a list provided by “TheRichest” of the top 15 paid reality stars. Kai Patterson created Project Child Support and the Custodial Support Foundation in honor of his mother to assist custodial and noncustodial parents with child support issues. In addition to helping custodial parents collect unpaid child support, the initiative has an Amnesty Program to help noncustodial parents (mostly fathers) receive services to obtain court orders to discharge enforcement actions. The Amnesty Program also helps noncustodial parents receive structured payment programs to repay their arrears and reconnect with their children. “Our Amnesty Program is a necessary program, because there are many fathers with child support warrants who are afraid to see their children, in fear they will be arrested. It’s a double-sided coin, because if the courts don’t take action the number of cased of delinquent child support payments will spiral out of control. When noncustodial parents don’t pay, children suffer financially. When arrest warrants are issued that lead to noncustodial parents becoming estranged, the children also suffer from the lack of their fathers in their lives. It’s a lose/lose situation,” says Patterson.
Long before the Child Support Recovery Act of 1992 that provides legislation to enforcement the payment of child support, custodial parents not receiving child support had very few options to enforce the child support payments. Currently, 49 cents of every unpaid child support dollar is paid for by taxpayers through social programs and enforcement costs, which are covered under the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a study published by CNN. Taxpayers are picking up $53 billion of the $110 billion owed in unpaid child through child support orders, which does not include the untold billions in unpaid child support costs for parents without child support orders. “Child support agencies are working with one hand tied behind it’s back, because there are laws that need to be passed to fix many of the loopholes in the laws that our series is going to expose. For years I harbored ill feelings towards my father, but I realized I have been blessed with the opportunity to help so many others, so it’s time to forgive him while he is still alive, unlike my mother who passed away in 2007. I have never released his name to the general public, and if he wants to reconnect with me I welcome the opportunity. His neglect inspired me to get my $65.5 million deal. I do wish my mother did not have to struggle, and she were here to share in this blessing. While my father is still alive, perhaps we can reconnect with each other,” says Patterson.
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