2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit

2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit


Thursday, June 17 - Friday, June 18, 2021

The 6th Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit was held virtually on June 17-18, 2021. The keynote speakers were 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. The Summit focused on "Taking Research to the Field," and attendees heard from researchers and service providers about key topic areas.



Day 1: Keynote Address

  • Joe Jones, Jr., Founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families

Download presentation: 2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit Keynote Address with Joe Jones

Day 1: Serving Fathers in a Virtual Environment

  • Valerie Rios, Executive Director, Partners in Parenting
  • Joshua Banks, IDADS Program Coordinator, Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Day 1: Incorporating Father Voice into Programs

  • Meliss Loyola, Parent Educator, Texas Parenting and Prevention Program, SJRC
  • Dr. Calvin Kelly, Chief Program Officer, Child, Inc.

Day 2: Coparenting Research

  • James McHale, Ph.D., Director, Family Study Center, The University of South Florida at St. Petersburg

Download presentation: 2021 Texas Fatherhood Summit Coparenting Research with James McHale

Day 2: Coparenting Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Jessica Pearson, Director, Center for Policy Research / Co-Director, National Fatherhood Research and Practice Network
  • Don Mansfield, Coparenting Seminar Leader, NewDay Services
  • Patrick Ortiz, Program Director, The Children's Center, Compadre y Compadre Program and iParent SA

Day 2: Pilot Learning Collaborative

  • Joshua Banks, IDADS Program Coordinator, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
  • Marlon Jones, Director of Fatherhood Services, STARRY
  • Henry Montelongo, Facilitator, BCFS Health and Human Services, Fatherhood EFFECT Program
  • Joshua Williams, Fatherhood Project Supervisor, DePelchin Children's Center

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.


  • 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.
  • Are you offering CEUs to attend? No, we do not offer CEUs for our events.
  • How do I stay informed? 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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