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Texas Schools Teach the Financial Consequences of Sex

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High school students across the state of Texas are learning about the financial aspects of relationships, marriage, and children. Through programs like Parenting and Paternity Awareness (PAPA) and No Kidding, teenagers will learn about their legal obligations as parents and the costs associated with child support, parenting, and paternity.

USA Today reports that child support and paternity are at the basis of the PAPA program, where PAPA's 14-hour curriculum teaches teenagers about importance of father involvement and the value of paternity establishment. Students can also learn about the emotional and financial challenges of raising a child.

The program No Kidding consists of 50-minute sessions, where teen parents share their personal stories with high school students. The teen parents specifically focus on their personal experience related to their legal and financial obligations of parenting. No Kidding is currently only available in the Austin, El Paso, and Houston communities of Texas.

Being a single parent can be difficult as a teenager, but Texas family law attorneys can help non-married parents receive financial assistance from the other parent once paternity is established. Attorneys can also inform teenagers of their rights and legal obligations as young parents in the state of Texas

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics revealed that Texas had the third highest teen birth rate in the country in 2008. The teen birth rate was at 63.4 births per 1,000 girls ages 15-19. The national average was at 41.5 births per 1,000 teen girls.

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