2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit

2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit


Thursday, June 17 - Friday, June 18, 2021 | 1:00pm-4:00pm CT each day
Virtual and Free

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The free 6th Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit will be held virtually on Thursday, June 17 and Friday, June 18, 2021 (1:00pm-4:00pm CT each day). The keynote speakers are Joe Jones, Jr., founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families and Dr. James McHale, Executive Director of the Infant-Family Center at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.  This year's Summit focuses on "Taking Research to the Field," and attendees will hear from researchers and service providers about key topic areas.




  • Keynote Address and Q&A with Joe Jones, Jr.
  • Serving Fathers in a Virtual Environment. The research presentation and panel discussion will cover how programs have adapted to remote service, lessons learned, and what elements will permanently stay post-pandemic.
  • Incorporating Father Voice Into Programs. The research presentation and panel discussion will cover how father feedback is obtained and how it influences programming.


  • Coparenting Research and Q&A with Dr. James McHale.
  • Coparenting. Panelists will discuss parenting programs aimed specifically at low-income fathers.
  • Pilot Learning Collaborative (PLC). Fatherhood program providers will share how connecting with each other and the work done during the PLC helped them enhance their recruitment strategies.
  • Breakouts. Connect, network, and hear more from some of the providers about what they learned during the PLC.

Keynote Speakers

Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), a nonprofit service organization based in Baltimore, Maryland. CFUF empowers low-income families by enhancing the ability of men and women to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. He serves on the boards of the Open Society Institute – Baltimore, the Baltimore Workforce Development Board, and My Brother’s Keeper – Baltimore. He has received the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the Walter Sondheim Public Service Award, the White House Champion of Change, and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Morgan State University. He was a 2004 Weinberg Fellow, a 2013 CNN Hero, and is a current Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow. Jones graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

James D. McHale, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Family Study Center, and Executive Director for the Family Study Center’s Infant-Family Center. He later served as Founding Chair of the USF St. Petersburg Department of Psychology, a position he held for seven years. He has published over 100 articles and manuscripts on coparenting in diverse family systems, the central focus of the Family Study Center’s work. His research studies investigating coparenting and child development have been supported since 1996 by the National Institutes of Health and numerous other entities. He serves as Principal Investigator for National Institute of Child Health and Development R01, Randomized Controlled Trial of a Prenatal Coparenting Intervention for African American Fragile Families; for an Administration for Children and Families OFA Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education award, Skills-Based Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Services for At-Risk Families through a Child Welfare Diversion Program; and for several other state, local, and Foundation grants.


About the Summit

The annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Prevention and Early Intervention Division. The Summit brings together hundreds of public and private sector professionals from across the state and country to learn about research-based best practices and guidance to best support families. 

Find helpful resources and materials at the new Fatherhood Resource Hub at fatherhoodresourcehub.org.


Pre-registration has ended, but you can still attend here: www.TXDadsSummit2021.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for announcements about the Summit and relevant research.

Event Hashtag

The event hashtag is #TXdads2021. Follow and tag us at @CFRPlbj and we'll retweet you!


  • Who should attend the Texas Fatherhood Summit? The annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is for professionals who engage with and/or impact policies about fathers and families, including local and state policymakers and agencies, researchers, and representatives from parent and family programs, nonprofits, and other community groups. 
  • Is there a fee to attend? The annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is hosted by Texas DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division and The University of Texas at Austin Child and Family Research Partnership. There is no fee to attend, virtual or in person. 
  • Can I share with my colleagues? Yes! Anyone can join, so please spread the word.
  • Will the 2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit be livestreamed? Some but not all of the Summit will be livestreamed. To access, registration is required.
  • Are you offering CEUs to attend? No, we do not offer CEUs for our events.
  • How do I stay informed? Registrants will automatically be included on the CFRP email list and receive updates, so register here! Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for timely news. 
  • What's the event hashtag? The event hashtag is #TXdads2021. Follow and tag us at @CFRPlbj and we'll retweet you!
  • Are you seeking speakers? We have a wonderful agenda planned and are not soliciting speakers.
  • Are there opportunities for organizations to have a table? Due to the temporary virtual platform, resource tables are not an option this year.

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