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Runaway Fathers #250942

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 16, 1977
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(Studio) 2nd report in series with regard to runaway fathers to follow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) [Roberta ABRAMS - says agency to aid in search is great hope.] Agency is part of federal program to search for runaway fathers; is function of Department of Health, Education and Welfare and authorizes use of Social Security and IRS (Internal Revenue Service) information in search. People now say, however, there are delays in getting information [Los Angeles district attorney John VAN DE KAMP - says information they get may be 4-6 mos. old.] [Child Support Bureau spokesperson Abigail MOEHRING - says some inquiries from 1976 still unanswered.] [2nd Child Support Bureau spokesperson Andy BYERS - notes lack of response.] In DC, officials say they get some information in 70% of cases. [Department of Health, Education and Welfare official Louis HAYS - cases don't take that long now.] Another complaint is state laws; one in California cited. [Senator Russell LONG - says California law is outrage.] Still another complaint is search agency aids only welfare cases; that of Roberta Abrams, who's nurse and makes it on own, cited. Agency couldn't locate husband even after she'd found telephone number and called him herself. Network located him at phone number (Interview by Harold Dow.) [Dr. Robert ABRAMS - hasn't forgotten children, but hasn't had funds to maintain them as wife wishes.] [Son, David ABRAMS - hasn't talked to father much; says there's really nothing to be done.] In Los Angeles, Abrams located after network inquiries; on Tuesday, court ordered child support payments to start.
REPORTER: David Culhane

Cronkite, Walter;
Culhane, David

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