Getting Dads to Your Program

Fatherhood Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers Father Recruitment

Below are tips on how to recruit fathers into your programs, as well as stories from dads about why they joined programs and from practitioners on recruitment strategies they have tried. Explore the page to find quotes from practitioners about how they recruit fathers into their programs.

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Tips for Recruiting Fathers into Programs

Looking to get fathers into your organization's programs?

Whether you provide father-focused programs or programs for the whole family, these tips can help guide your recruitment efforts:

  • Invite fathers!
  • Address all mailings and documents to both parents, and include space for both parents' names
  • Talk to fathers at the hospital, home visit, child care center, etc.
  • Support fathers as a support for mothers

Father Stories: How do fathers get to programs?

Fathers discuss how they joined fatherhood programs, including counselor referrals, pamphlets, job fairs, and word of mouth.

The Child and Family Research Partnership, an independent, nonpartisan research center at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, conducted these interviews as a part of the 2017 evaluation of the Department of Family and Protective Services' Prevention and Early Intervention Division's (PEI) Fatherhood EFFECT Programs. Read more about the EFFECT evaluation here.

Practitioner Stories: Partners in Parenting

Thanks to Jessica Burleson with Partners in Parenting for creating this video as an important example of trying new recruitment strategies to serve fathers in Texas!

Practitioner Stories: Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation

Thanks to Jessica Trevino with Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation for creating this video as an important example of employing multiple recruitment strategies to serve fathers in Texas!