Why Dads Participate in Programs

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Below is information directly from dads on what they value about fatherhood programs and why they choose to participate. Explore the page to find a one pager and videos of dads discussing their experiences in fatherhood programs. 

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Dads Share Why They Participated in Fatherhood Programs

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This one pager provides quotes from dads on what they value about programs, including:

  • The opportunity to speak with other men who are dealing with similar experiences
  • A desire to learn parenting skills
  • Finding confidence that they can be the father they want to be

Father Stories: Why did fathers join a fatherhood program?

Fathers share the reasons why they joined a fatherhood program, including a desire to be better parents, counselor referrals, and looking for support.

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.

Father Stories: What did fathers gain from participating in the fatherhood program?

Fathers discuss what they learned from the fatherhood programs, including skills to be healthy parents and communicate with their children.

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 Department of Family and Protective Services' Prevention and Early Intervention Division's (PEI) Fatherhood EFFECT Programs. Read more about the EFFECT evaluation here.

Father Stories: What do fathers value about fatherhood programs?

Fathers talk about what the fatherhood program means to them, from the relationships with the mentors, to gaining professional licenses, to improved communication with their family.

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.

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Fathers' Perspectives on Fatherhood Programs

Watch extended interviews of fathers participating in two fatherhood programs, collected during a 2017 evaluation of the Department of Family and Protective Services' Prevention and Early Intervention Division's (PEI) Fatherhood EFFECT Programs.

Fathers share about why they joined the fatherhood programs, why they stayed in the program, what they gained from participating, and what they would change about the program (18 minutes, 30 seconds).