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Programs promoting responsible fatherhood among Texas fathers

In Texas, as well as in other states, the United States Department of Health and Human Services runs the Responsible Fatherhood Grants Programs. This is part of the $150 million annual effort to promote healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood among parents across the United States.

The objective of the Responsible Fatherhood Grants Program, which receives an annual grant of $75 million per the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, is to encourage U.S. fathers to be responsible in their role as a parent. The program also tries to empower fathers by assisting them in various fields, such as employment, parenting skills and spreading general awareness about fatherhood.

The Texas chapter administers several programs that are targeted toward fathers of all ages and diverse family backgrounds. One important objective of the program is to spread awareness about the complexities of an early or unwanted fatherhood.

The primary focus of the program is to prevent alcohol and drug abuse among the youth, to improve employability among the youth and to highlight the importance of a healthy family life among the members of that same group. Additionally, the state of Texas also funds a program that focuses on reducing adolescent pregnancy rates.

Similarly, grants received as part of the federal program are also used to cater to the needs of Texas residents across a number of family law areas, such as child custody issues and child support, domestic violence, paternity establishment, preserving the sanctity of marriage and bolstering the economic independence of low-income, noncustodial fathers.

The evolution of fathers' rights in the past few decades has been instrumental, to a great extent, in bringing to the forefront many issues that noncustodial fathers face. However, even with the best efforts in place, it can sometimes become difficult for a noncustodial father to exercise his rights to the child. In such scenarios, it may be beneficial for fathers to seek legal assistance.

Source:, "Strategies Intended to Promote Parenting and Responsible Fatherhood," accessed on Feb. 5, 2015

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