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Parenting and Paternity Awareness Program in Texas Schools

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Four out of five kids will grow up to be parents. So, wouldn't it be a good idea for children to learn how to be good parents while they're still in school? Lawmakers of the 80th Session of the Texas Legislature certainly thought so.

The Office of the Attorney General states that House Bill 2176 requires all school districts to incorporate the Parenting and Paternity Awareness (PAPA) program into their high school health curriculum. The purpose of this program is to teach students about the rights and responsibilities of parenting. The PAPA curriculum focuses on the importance of father involvement, the value of paternity establishment, and the legal criteria of child support. Perhaps today's youth will come out of high school knowing quite a bit about family law.

It's important for any parent to be informed of their rights. Being a single parent often brings about many emotional and financial challenges, but there are things that a non-married parent can do to seek financial assistance from the other parent. The custodial parent can contact a Houston family law attorney so that he or she can file a petition in court to receive child support. Texas family law attorneys can also assist with other legal procedures, including the establishment of paternity.

People with questions about PAPA are encouraged to look through the session materials for educators online at http://www.oag.state.tx.us/cs/ofi/papa/sessions/. Parents with specific questions about the program can e-mail [email protected].

Related Resources:

  • Paternity Information by State (FindLaw)
  • Find a Houston Family Law Attorney (FindLaw)
  • Child Support Basics (FindLaw)

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