TANF Allocations

Grace Raih filed this request with the Texas Health and Human Services of Texas.


From: Grace Raih

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Amount of TANF dollars allocated through Texas Health and Human Services to alternative abortion services/clinics and a list of corresponding recipients.

Any documents that outline the set plan for how this program is meeting at least one of the four federal requirements – “providing assistance to needy families, promoting job preparation and work, preventing and reducing out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and/or encouraging marriage and two-parent families”. I also request any reports produced by THHS that determine the completeness of the required elements of the federal law.

Finally, any notification sent to THHS from state-funded clinics regarding policies changes.

The timeframe for this request is FY2013 through FY2016.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Grace Raih

From: Mann,Christine (HHSC/DADS)


We have some info for you but we’re checking to see if there are any other documents we can share.

Alternatives to Abortion is funded with General Revenue and TANF.
Appropriations for TANF (Federal Dollars 555):

FY 2013 $2,500,000
FY 2014 $3,000,000
FY 2015 $3,000,000
FY 2016 $3,000,000
FY 2017 $3,000,000

The goals specifically stated are:

1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives

2. End dependence of needy parents on government benefits through work, job, preparation and marriage

3. Reduce the incidence of out- of - wedlock pregnancies, and

4. Promote the formation and maintenance of two parent families

The Alternatives to Abortion program meet the four goals as illustrated by the services provided below:

Confidential counseling and/or mentoring
Non-judgmental atmosphere of understanding and support
Materials assistance, such as maternity and baby clothing, food, and furniture
Temporary shelter
Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting classes
Referrals to other community agencies and medical resources
Adoption information
Assistance with education and career decisions
Other related services necessary for the well-being of the mother and child

Texas Pregnancy Care Network is the contractor to the Alternatives to Abortion program. Attached is a list of TPCN subcontractors.


Christine Mann
Press Officer
Texas Health & Human Services Commission
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