Resources for Single Parents

The Office of the Attorney General offers a co-parenting guide called "For Our Children: Learning to Work Together." This video and booklet is designed to help you work effectively with the other parent for the benefit of your child(ren). We encourage you to take a look at the Co-Parenting Guide.

The following state, federal, and national programs and other links all provide useful resources for parents.

State Programs

Programs offered by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services include:
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF),
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families -- Unemployed Parents (TANF-UP),
  • Food Stamps, Medicaid for Families and Children, and
  • Medical Need Programs.
The Texas Workforce Commission assists with job training and employment searches.
Texas Workforce Commission
101 East 15th Street
Austin, Texas 78778
512/463-2222
www.twc.state.tx.us
The Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) Unit is part of the Texas Workforce Commission. Their mission is to improve the way Texans make career and educational decisions by providing useful and reliable information about careers, educational training options and jobs.
Labor Market and Career Information
9001 IH35 North, Suite 103B
Austin, Texas 78753
www.cdr.state.tx.us

Federal Programs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers a wide range of federal programs for families and children. HHS has regional offices throughout the country that provide access to services.
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20447
202/401-9215
www.acf.hhs.gov/
The Children's Defense Fund is a national child advocacy organization dedicated to helping children and their families. Check their Web site for information on a variety of programs, including Head Start, Safe Start and Fair Start.
Children's Defense Fund
25 E. Street, NM
Washington, DC 20001
202/628-8787
www.childrensdefense.org
Other programs offered by the Children's Defense Fund include Head Start, Safe Start and Fair Start. All three programs work to ensure that children grow up in safe homes, schools and neighborhoods.

Related Web sites

Parents Without Partners, Inc. -- Parents Without Partners provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.

www.parentswithoutpartners.org


Revised: May 06 2010