THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.)

p.a.p.a. is an innovative educational curriculum designed for secondary school students and young adults that deals with "rights, responsibilities, and realities of parenting." Key themes in the curriculum focus on the importance of father involvement, the value of paternity establishment, the legal realities of child support, the financial and emotional challenges of single parenting, the benefits of both parents being involved in a child's life, healthy relationship skills, and relationship violence prevention. The Office of the Attorney General is offering the 2014 edition of the 10-session curriculum and training at no charge to teachers, school counselors, school nurses, teen parent program staff, and parent educators in community-based programs. The p.a.p.a. curriculum is a method by which school districts can comply with state law passed in the 80th Legislature requiring high school health to include a parenting and paternity awareness curriculum.

The OAG is coordinating with TEA and Regional Education Service Centers to train teachers, nurses and counselors. Community-based organizations and larger school districts may schedule training directly with the OAG.

Teens As Parents

Becoming a parent is more than giving birth; the responsibilities of parenting impact all areas of an individual's life. This clip is an introduction to the p.a.p.a. curriculum, which includes young people's personal stories about how their lives changed when they found out they were going to have children; how they face the challenges of teen parenthood; and what they would do over if they could.