Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Thursday, March 7, 2002


Teen Health Clinic Fatherhood Program Strengthens Bond Between Young Fathers and Children

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today presented Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic with a certificate of appreciation for helping young fathers make meaningful contributions to their children's lives. The local program provides education, job readiness training and counseling services to young fathers who reside in Houston.

"We must not overlook the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. By joining hands with programs like the Teen Health Clinic we can help young fathers experience the satisfaction that comes from supporting their children emotionally and financially," Attorney General Cornyn said.

The Attorney General's Office is the state agency designated by law to provide child support services to the children of Texas. Ninety percent of the cases involve fathers who live apart from their children. Since assuming office in January 1999, Attorney General Cornyn has encouraged collaborations with local programs that help young fathers overcome barriers to successful parenting.

The Teen Health Clinic Fatherhood Program is one of 12 sites that receives funding through the Texas Fragile Families Initiative (TFF). TFF brings together foundations, community organizations and government agencies to provide education, job training and counseling services for young, low income fathers.

In July 2000 Attorney General Cornyn joined with representatives of TFF, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Center for Public Policy Priorities to announce a three-year, $5 million commitment from a consortium of private funders to support local TFF programs.

In addition to the Teen Health Clinic's fatherhood program, other TFF sites include Austin, San Angelo, San Antonio, Waco, El Paso, Laredo, Dallas, Huntsville and two additional sites in Houston.

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