Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, September 20, 2001


Symposium in Houston to discuss ways to help children by assisting incarcerated fathers

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn joins with the National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership (NPCL) to sponsor a fatherhood symposium on Sept. 21, 2001, at the Jesse Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University in Houston. The event focuses on supporting fathers and families from incarceration to re-entry into the community.

"It is in everyone's best interest to help incarcerated fathers take an active role in their children's lives when the fathers are released from jail. My office will work with all parents to support their children financially and emotionally - even when those parents are behind bars," said Attorney General Cornyn.

The attorney general's office is the official child support enforcement agency for the State of Texas. The attorney general's Child Support Division handles a caseload of 30,000 noncustodial parents who are incarcerated. Child support outreach workers speak to inmates across the state about their legal and moral obligation to pay child support.

Speaking about incarcerated fathers, Attorney General Cornyn said, "We want incarcerated fathers to understand the child support system and actions they can take to meet their parental responsibilities while they are in jail and after they are released."

The symposium begins at 8:15 in room 113 of the Jesse Jones School of Business on the Texas Southern University campus. Keynote speakers from the Office of the Attorney General are Howard Baldwin, First Assistant Attorney General; and Cynthia Bryant, Deputy Attorney General for Child Support. Other scheduled speakers are Priscilla Slade, President of Texas Southern University; John Brittain, Dean, Thurgood Marshall School of Law; and State Senator Rodney Ellis.

Co-sponsors of the event are Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, the City of Houston, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Trust for African-American Men.

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