Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Tuesday, March 5, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN CORNYN PRAISES LOCAL PROGRAM FOR FATHERHOOD FOCUS

Buckner Fragile Families Strengthens Bond Between Young Fathers and Children

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today presented Buckner Fragile Families with a certificate of appreciation for helping young fathers make meaningful contributions to their children's lives. The local program provides education, job readiness training and counseling services to first time fathers between the ages of 16 and 25 who reside in Angelina County.

"We must not overlook the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. By joining hands with programs like Buckner Fragile Families we can help young fathers experience the satisfaction that comes from supporting their children emotionally and financially," Attorney General Cornyn said.

The Attorney General's Office is the state agency designated by law to provide child support services to the children of Texas. Ninety percent of the cases involve fathers who live apart from their children. Since assuming office in January 1999, Attorney General Cornyn has encouraged collaborations with local programs that help young fathers overcome barriers to successful parenting.

Buckner Fragile Families is one of 12 sites that receives funding through the Texas Fragile Families Initiative (TFF). TFF brings together foundations, community organizations and government agencies to provide education, job training and counseling services for young, low income fathers.

In July 2000 Attorney General Cornyn joined with representatives of TFF, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Center for Public Policy Priorities to announce a three-year, $5 million commitment from a consortium of private funders to support local TFF programs.

In addition to Lufkin, other TFF sites include Houston (three sites), Austin, San Angelo, San Antonio, Waco, El Paso, Laredo, Dallas and Huntsville.

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