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Across the state, local organizations offer programs and resources to meet the needs of fathers in local communities. Below is a list of more than 50 initiatives and programs in Texas that aim to increase fathers’ involvement and improve the quality of fathers' interactions with their children. 

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Fatherhood Initiatives in Texas

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Fatherhood Initiatives in Texas


The table below is a preliminary inventory of initiatives in Texas that aim to increase and improve fathers' involvement with their children.

  • Location: identifies the county or city in which the services are available
  • Program Features: describes the services offered
  • Program Focus: identifies the primary objective(s) of the program, based on the following categories:
    • Anger/stress management
    • Child abuse prevention
    • Child support
    • Coparenting
    • Employment
    • Financial stability
    • Healthy relationships
    • Incarceration/re-entry support
    • Parenting skills
    • Paternity establishment
    • Training and support
  • Eligibility: defines any eligibility requirements to participate in the program

This is not a comprehensive list of all services to fathers in the state, but rather a list of numerous examples of resources in Texas located through online searches.

 

Program Name & Organization

Location

Program Features

Program Focus

Eligibility

Access & Visitation Direct Service Providers

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives (partner with Harris County, El Paso County, Bexar County, and Tarrant County domestic relation offices (DROs); New Day Services (Fort Worth); Family Ties (Waller); American Family Law Center (Houston))

El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Fort Worth, Waller

Provide visitation services for noncustodial parents, shared parenting education, and information regarding child custody, conservatorship, and possession order issues.

Access and Visitation, Coparenting

Noncustodial parents

Access & Visitation Hotline

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives (partner with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas)

Statewide

Provides legal education, assistance, and resources to parents in the IV-D program with shared parenting, paternity, or child support issues.

Access and Visitation

Noncustodial parents in the IV-D program

Alliance for North Texas Healthy and Effective Marriages, dba Anthem Strong Families

Alliance for North Texas Healthy and Effective Marriages

Dallas

Provide training on marriage education, marriage skills, and relationship skills programs; may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution and job and career advancement

Healthy Relationships, Parenting Skills, Employment, Financial Stability, Job Readiness

Married couples, high school students

Bridges to Growth

The Georgetown Project

Georgetown

Builds the skills and confidence of parents and child care providers to create nurturing early environments for children by offering parenting classes, a lending library, and support group, and hosting free children’s events

Parenting Skills

Parents of young children

Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention—Fatherhood EFFECT

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) (contractors operate the program in six counties)

Cameron, Denton, El Paso, Fort Bend, Tarrant, and Taylor counties

Offers parenting education course and case management. Participants receive child care, transportation, and food/diapers/clothing

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships

Fathers or father figures who have children under age 17, no open or substantiated CPS case, and have at least one risk factor from a designated list

Compadre Y Compadre

The Children’s Shelter

San Antonio and Bexar County area

Two-week “Daddy Boot Camp”; 15 week parenting class; case management, assessments/screenings, aftercare mentoring, school readiness

Parenting Skills, Violence Prevention, Anger/Stress Management

Any male caregiver with a child under the age of 18

Cooperative Parenting & Divorce Course

Bexar Family Solutions

San Antonio

2-hour classes for eight weeks with no more than 15 parents per class. Meets the requirement for the Bexar County District Courts for parents mandated to attend cooperative parenting education.

Coparenting, Healthy Relationships, Anger/Stress Management

Available to parents who have volunteered or have been ordered by the Court to attend Cooperative Parenting due to conflict in coparenting their children

Dads Engaged for Excellence

Arlington ISD

Arlington Provides opportunities for fathers and father figures to get engaged on campuses and a structured environment for father/student interaction Healthy relationships Fathers and other male role models to Arlington ISD students

Dad’s Workshop Program

North Texas Area United Way

Wichita Falls Enhance the role fathers play in their child's' lives, and stress the importance of being an active father through a 12 session evidence-based program in a group or one-on-one home-based setting Anger/Stress Management, Child Abuse Prevention, Healthy Relationships, Parenting Skills, Training and Support Young fathers of children age birth to five years. Must reside in Wichita County and have two risk factors from eligibility list.

Education Outreach to Justice-Involved Parents

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives (partner with Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Federal Bureau of Prison reentry coordinators and prison facility staff)

Statewide; strong collaboration in El Paso, Houston, and Corpus Christi

Provides incarcerated, recently released and paroled parents with information about paternity establishment, child support compliance and modification processes.

Paternity Establishment, Child Support

Currently or formerly incarcerated parents

Empowering Families Project (EPF)

The Parenting Center

Fort Worth, Tarrant County

Provides community education, marriage programs and counseling services focused on parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job, career advancement, and marriage skills training

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships, Job Readiness, Employment, Financial Stability

Low-income parents and families, those on or at risk of going on TANF, and refugees

Family and Youth Success Program (FAYS – formerly STAR)

DFPS PEI (contractors operate the program in multiple sites across the state)

Multiple sites across the state

Serve youth and their families needing crisis intervention, help with family conflict, concerns involving school performance and attendance and building parent and youth skills

Parenting Skills

Youth age zero to 17 and through age 18, and their families

Family Education Program

Any Baby Can

Austin and Travis County area

Offers parenting classes that help new and experienced parents to become positive role models for their children, and a family learning center that provides tutoring for diverse literacy needs.

Parenting Skills, Training and Support

All parents

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Child Protective Services

Statewide

Practices to work with and engage children, youth, and families in safety and service planning and decision making, including Family Group Conferences (FGC), Circles of Support (COS), and Family Team Meetings (FTM)

Violence Prevention

Families with open CPS cases

Family Place, Family Pathways, My Father’s House

Buckner Children and Family Services

Amarillo, Conroe, Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, Lufkin, Midland

Single parent focus; parents and children are offered safe place to live, counseling services, and lessons in parenting skills, money management, and conflict resolution; provide spiritual mentorship

Parenting Skills

Must be 18 years or older and enrolled in educational/vocational program

Family Violence Education

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives (contract with Texas Council on Family Violence)

Statewide; special court-based collaboration in Denton and Williamson counties

Collaboration with the Texas Council on Family Violence and community advocacy programs across the state in an effort to support safe access to child support services for survivors of family violence

Violence Prevention

Child support customers who disclose concerns with safety (family violence disclosure)

Family-Based Safety Services

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Child Protective Services

Statewide

In-home services to help families maintain a stable and safe home and to reduce the risk of future abuse or neglect. Services include family counseling, crisis intervention, parenting classes, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, and day care.

Violence Prevention, Healthy Relationships, Parenting Skills

Families that have been investigated by CPS, whose children at risk of abuse or neglect, or whose children have been removed from the home

Father Engagement

Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas

San Marcos

24/7 Dad Fatherhood Groups facilitated by the Father Engagement Coordinator.

Father Engagement, Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships, Child Abuse Prevention, Anger/Stress Management, Training and Support

Free weekly meeting for fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, or father figures

Fatherhood EFFECT: Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow

BCFS Health and Human Services

Cameron and Taylor County

Parenting education course using the 24/7 Dad curriculum

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships Families with children under age 17 with no open or substantiated DFPS case living in either Cameron or Taylor County

Fathers in Action

AVANCE Inc. Houston and AVANCE Inc. RGV

Houston and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo

Provides eight-week curricula on parenting skills, conflict prevention and resolution, and coparenting, offer four booster workshops on child support, healthy relationships, and employment, and provide case management and employment services.

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships, Job Readiness, Employment, Financial Stability

Fathers, expectant fathers, and father figures to children younger than 18, focusing on fathers of children ages birth to five years

Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED)

Texas A&M

College Station

A family literacy program designed to increase parental involvement in children’s early literacy development

Training and Support

Schools, organizations, or programs offering agricultural-based services. All fathers.

FOCUS for Fathers

NewDay Services

Fort Worth

Works to increase responsible father involvement in the lives of their children through a ten-week program

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships, Coparenting

All fathers

Gabriel Project Life Center

Catholic Charities Central Texas

Austin and Brazos Valley

Works to provide alternatives to abortion by educating and mentoring families and providing material assistance

Parenting Skills

All moms and dads to be and parents of children 24 months or younger

Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES I and II)

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) (contractors operate the program in eight counties)

HOPES: Cameron, Ector, El Paso, Gregg, Hidalgo, Potter, Travis, and Webb counties

HOPES II: Dallas, Harris, Jefferson, Lubbock, McLennan, Nueces, Taylor, and Wichita counties

Offers group sessions, case management, counseling, parent education, and home visitation to promote supportive family environments, healthy relationships, and positive communication

Violence Prevention, Healthy Relationships, Parenting Skills

Must have child age birth to five years, no open/substantiated CPS case, reside in the county where the contract was awarded, and have two risk factors from a designated list

Help through Intervention and Prevention (HIP)

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI)

Multiple program sites statewide

Provides voluntary services to families to increase protective factors and prevent child abuse; extensive family assessment, home visiting programs that include parent education and basic needs support

Child Abuse Prevention, Parenting Skills

Parents whose parental rights were previously terminated/who have had a child die due to child abuse and neglect, who currently have newborn

HEROES: Help Establishing Responsive Orders and Ensuring Support for Children in Military Families

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives (partner with Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG), Family Readiness Group staff, the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), the Texas Veterans Leadership Program (TVLP), Texas Yellow Ribbon, and child support and legal services programs across the United States and internationally)

Statewide

Offer service members, veterans and their dependents enhanced, personalized assistance in addressing paternity establishment, child support and parenting time (custody/visitation) matters; Provide appropriate relief in Texas child support cases where military service/combat related injuries have contributed to non-compliance with court orders; and Promote positive coparenting solutions for service members and families

Paternity Establishment, Access and Visitation, Child Custody, Coparenting

Service members and Veterans

Horizon Eagle

Horizon Outreach 

Spring

Provides curriculum-based instruction on effective parenting and relationship skills, resources for economic stability; emphasis on veterans suffering from PTSD

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships, Employment, Financial Stability

All fathers, veteran fathers with history of PTSD

Involved Dads of Action, Developing and Succeeding Real Men (I-DADS)

Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Austin Helps participants develop communication and parenting skills; provides connections to helpful resources Parenting Skills, Anger Management Fathers and father figures in the HACA communities

iParent SA Parenting Support

The Children’s Shelter

San Antonio/ Bexar County

Provides short- and long-term services including in-home and group-based parent training, child school readiness, developmental assessments, family enrichment activities, case management, 24/7 crisis intervention, and emergency day/overnight respite

Parenting Skills

Parents/guardians with children under 18 in San Antonio or Bexar County

Just Beginning

First 3 Years

Dallas

Addresses the parenting support needs of teen fathers within the juvenile justice system by giving them tools to communicate with and build positive relationships with their child

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships, Incarceration/Reentry

Fathers in the juvenile justice system

MCH Family Outreach Services

Methodist Children’s Home

Abilene, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Killeen, Las Cruces, Lubbock, San Antonio, Tyler, Waco

Provide In-Home Services and Parent Education programs for families. In-Home Services offers early intervention services including case management, parent support, and resources and referrals for parents. Parent education provides guidance and support for developing parenting skills.

Parenting Skills

Parents with children ages zero to 18. Parents or children must be facing crisis

Military and Veteran Families Pilot Prevention (MFVPP) program

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) (contractors operate the program in three counties)

Bell, Bexar, and El Paso counties

Promote positive parental involvement, educate, facilitate, and otherwise support parents’ ability to provide continued emotional, physical, and financial support for their children, and prevent child abuse and neglect occurrences in military communities through parent education and case management

Child Abuse Prevention, Parenting Skills

Military and veteran families who include a person registered as the “primary caregiver” who is an active duty or former military member, National Guard member, Ready Reserve member, veteran, military retiree or their dependents, and a child aged zero to 17 (or expecting a child)

Motivation, Education, and Training, Inc.

Motivation, Education, and Training, Inc.

New Caney

Provides employment, vocational training, emergency support, housing services

*New grantee, information on fatherhood program not available online

Employment, Financial Stability, Job Readiness

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers, low-income families

Navigating Fatherhood

Man in Me

Pflugerville

Provide fatherhood and parenting group sessions using the 24/7 Dad curriculum

Parenting Skills, Father Engagement

Unknown

Noncustodial Parent Choices

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives 

21 out of 28 Workforce Development Board areas

Provides enhanced child support case compliance monitoring and employment services for un/underemployed, NCPs who owe child support

Child Support, Employment/ Financial Stability

Noncustodial parent must: have a full service child support case; be in front of the court on non-payment of support contempt charges or establishing a first-time obligation; have a social security number and be legally eligible to work in the US

Parent Collaboration Group

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Child Protective Services

Statewide

Partnership between CPS and parents who are or have been recipients of services from CPS that allows input from biological parents in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the CPS program

Father Engagement

Nominated by current Parent Liaisons or Regional DFPS staff

Parent Education

Family Service Association of San Antonio

San Antonio

Parenting classes to teach effective nurturing and disciplining; in-home parenting sessions; speakers bureau to spread word on child abuse prevention throughout the community

Parenting Skills

All parents

Parenting & Family Life Classes

Family Houston, a United Way Agency

Houston

Provides parenting classes, as well as coparenting and divorce classes which qualify as court-mandated divorcing parent education

Parenting Skills, Coparenting, Anger/Stress Management

All parents/caregivers

Parenting 101, Positive Parenting, Parenting Help, and Helping Children Cope with Divorce

DePelchin Children’s Center

Multiple program sites statewide

Courses that cover child development, communication, positive discipline, stress management, causes of child misbehavior, and positive parenting strategies; divorce class offers guidance on navigating the process to minimize negative impact on children

Parenting Skills, Coparenting

All parents

Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.)

Attorney General of Texas, Child Support Division - Family Initiatives (partner with Texas Education Agency and Regional Education Service Centers)

Multiple program sites statewide

Public school curriculum (14 sessions) on rights, responsibilities, and realities of parenting

Parenting Skills, Paternity Establishment, Violence Prevention

Public school students

Parenting Awareness & Drug Risk Education (P.A.D.R.E.)

Life Steps

Austin

Helps expecting, new and current fathers overcome the challenges that often come with parenting through case management and a nurturing father program

Parenting Skills, Healthy Relationships

All fathers

Pathways to Parenting (P2P)

Children & Family Institute

Dallas

Provides one-on-one mentoring to support families, career planning for parents, group classes about pregnancy and parenting for parents with infants, life-skills training, and education and referrals to support healthy child development

Parenting Skills, Financial Stability, Employment, Job Readiness, Training and Support

To receive P2P’s free services, the participant must be pregnant or have a child under the age of one and be a U.S. citizen. The program is open to men and women.

PIPsqueaks Groups

Partners in Parenting (PIP)

Austin Provides weekly groups where families share their experiences and learn about parenting tips and resources Parenting Skills New parents

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and the PRAMS2 Pilot

Department of State Health Services (DSHS), Family and Community Health Division (FCH), Office of Maternal & Child Health

Statewide

A statewide surveillance system that surveys mothers within 60 to 180 days after the birth of their children about their experiences before, during, and after their pregnancy

Maternal and Child Health

Representative sample of new mothers in Texas

Pregnancy to Age Three (P-3) Home Visiting Program

Lumin Education

Dallas

Home visiting parent education program based on the “Parents as Teachers (PAT)” model that teachers parents to be actively involved in their child’s education and development

Parenting Skills

Parents with children ages zero to three

Project Help through Intervention and Prevention (HIP)

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Multiple program sites statewide

Provides voluntary services to families to increase protective factors and prevent child abuse; extensive family assessment, home visiting programs that include parent education and basic needs support

Child Abuse Prevention, Parenting Skills

Parents whose parental rights were previously terminated/who have had a child die due to child abuse and neglect, who currently have newborn

Responsible Fathering Initiative

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services—Child Protective Services

Statewide

Provide men with support and services to help them be fully involved dads; identify ways to engage fathers

Father Engagement

N/A

Safe Babies

DFPS-PEI

Selected hospitals across the state

Evaluate hospital-based education programs for fathers or male caregivers at the baby’s birth

Violence Prevention, Parenting Skills

Fathers or male caregivers receiving in-hospital education at selected hospitals

SAFE Futures

SAFE Alliance

Austin area

Provides child abuse and family violence prevention through parenting skills, domestic violence education, evidence-based services for fathers, support for survivors of domestic violence and their children, and assistance with housing, mental health, or other issues affecting wellbeing

Domestic Violence, Parenting Skills, Father Engagement, Financial Stability

All parents who have experienced domestic violence in their families

San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign

San Antonio Fatherhood Campaign

San Antonio

Offers a variety of classes and workshops on parenting and other issues relating to today's needs for being a well-rounded parent and responsible father

Parenting Skills, Coparenting, Healthy Relationships, Domestic Violence

All fathers

Services for Incarcerated Parents and Parents Returning to the Community 

Attorney General of Texas (OAG), Child Support Division - Family Initiatives 

Multiple program sites statewide 

Creates and delivers resources about paternity and child support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents (handbook and DVD); encourages incarcerated parents to remain emotionally and financially engaged with children; parents can request review of their child support obligation 

Child Support, Paternity Establishment

Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated parents

Services to Fathers, Parent-Child Education Program

AVANCE-San Antonio

San Antonio

Provides educational courses for fathers, case management, and support services such as meals and transportation

Parenting Skills, Violence Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention, Anger/Stress Management

Must have a child birth to three years old and have income within the federal poverty guidelines

Strengthening Families Program

Youth Advocacy

Austin

Provide an evidence-based curriculum focused on reducing family-related risk factors and building protective factors in young children and their parents/caregivers to reduce substance abuse or violent/risky behaviors in youth

Parenting Skills

Parents or caregivers of children in fourth through eighth grades who live in the 78744 zip code

Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families (SR/SF)

Texas State University

San Marcos

Provides high school youth training on value of marriage, relationship skills and budgeting; and job readiness and financial literacy/management skills; incorporates case management, referrals, and home visits as needed

Healthy Relationships, Employment, Financial Stability, Job Readiness

Pregnant and parenting teens

Strong Start

SAFE Alliance

Austin area

Provides parenting education to learn how to increase positive behaviors and decrease challenging behaviors in children

Parenting Skills

Parents of children five years of age or younger

Teen Parenting Services

LifeWorks

Austin area

Case management services and home visits to support pregnant and parenting teens to complete their educations and develop parenting skills, and parenting groups provided at local school and community locations

Parenting Skills, Employment, Financial Stability

Teen/young adult parents

Texas Healthy Baby Initiative

DSHS

Statewide

Provide information to mothers and fathers about pre- and inter-conception health, partner involvement, informed decision-making prior to and during pregnancy, and injury during a baby’s first year

Parenting Skills, Coparenting

N/A

Texas Home Visiting

DFPS (contractors operate the program in multiple sites)

Multiple program sites statewide

Families receive services through evidence-based based home visiting programs and are referred to supplemental services as needed

Parenting Skills

Families with children ages zero to five; some programs have income eligibility requirements

Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.)

Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative

Multiple program sites statewide

Provides an array of supportive services to assist ex-offenders reduce rates of recidivism and lead productive lives, including services focused on housing, family, employment acquisition, education, health care, and mentorship

Parenting Skills, Employment, Financial Stability, Training and Support, Incarceration/Reentry

Ex-offenders

Twogether in Texas

Healthy Marriage Program Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Multiple program sites statewide

Dedicates its services to increasing the wellbeing of children by providing voluntary marriage and relationship education

Healthy Relationships

Married or unmarried couples

TYRO Champion Dads

Alliance for North Texas Healthy and Effective Marriages (ANTHEM) 

Dallas area 

Provides free workshops on fatherhood, navigating the child support system, anger management and communication

Parenting Skills

All fathers

Watch D.O.G.S.

Local chapters of the National Center for Fathering Program

1390 schools in Texas

Fathers and father figures of K-12 children volunteer at least one full day a year at their child/student’s school during the school year

Father Engagement

Fathers or father figures who volunteer at least one full day a year

Young Parents Program

LifeWorks

Austin area

Apartment-based transitional housing program for pregnant and parenting youth. Includes case management, parenting classes, and full-time supervision

Parenting Skills

Teen/young adult parents