Ken Paxton

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Attorney General Greg Abbott Names Austin Child Support Employee Manager of the Year

AUSTIN Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott recognized Barry Brooks, managing attorney of the Child Support Division’s Special Collections Unit, for his commitment to Texas children. Brooks, who was named the state office’s Manager of the Year, received the honor Tuesday at the Statewide Child Support Managers’ Meeting in Dallas.

Barry Brooks’ dedication and commitment to public service has helped ensure thousands of young Texans receive the child support they need to grow healthy and strong, Attorney General Abbott said. An outstanding attorney with substantial child support experience, Barry’s expertise has helped make the Texas child support program one of the most efficient and effective in the country. We are grateful to Barry for his service to the children of our great state.

State Office Manager of the Year Award Recipient

AAG Barry Brooks
and Deputy Attorney General Alicia G. Key

Brooks was selected for this award based on recommendations from his peers and supervisors, with a particular focus on his willingness to go beyond his normal duties to serve Texas children.
Brooks began his career with the Office of the Attorney General in 1991 and became the managing attorney of the Special Collections Unit in 2007. As managing attorney of the Special Collections Unit, Brooks oversees the use of specialized enforcement remedies for obtaining past-due child support from delinquent parents.

Brooks, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law School, is the Child Support Division’s Manager of the Year because under his direction, the amount of child support his unit collects continues to increase year after year. Brooks leads his team with passion and intelligence by finding creative legal solutions to complicated child support issues. Brooks also is a nationally-recognized expert in interstate and international child support cases.

Mr. Brooks has a strong passion and can-do attitude that propels him in his relentless pursuit of special collections, said Assistant Deputy for Field Services Kristene Blackstone. He approaches his work creatively and is naturally inclined to develop successful collection strategies. It is apparent that Mr. Brooks really loves his work and is proud of what his team accomplishes.

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division offers an array of services to help families, including locating absent parents; establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents; establishing, enforcing, and modifying child and medical support orders; and collecting and distributing child support payments.

For more information about the Office of the Attorney General and the child support services it offers, call (800) 252-8014 or visit the agency’s website at