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Organizations across the state of Texas employ innovative and creative strategies to serve fathers and support families. Below, practitioners share their stories on how and why they serve fathers.

Thanks to every practitioner who created a video to inspire organizations to try new strategies to support families!

Practitioner Stories

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Tecora Smith, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Key Topic: Father Inclusion
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Tecora discuss how WIC created a father-friendly environment, engage fathers during visits, offer father-specific classes, and connect with fathers in hospitals and schools.

DFPS, Child Protective Services

Johnnaé Cortez, Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Region 3 East
Key Topic: Father Inclusion
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Johnnaé share how DFPS helped host a Region 3 East fatherhood summit that provided examples of the experiences of fathers involved in the child welfare system and helped staff dispel biases about fathers.

LifeWorks

Stephanie Rainbolt and Jerry Lacera, LifeWorks
Key Topic: Father Inclusion
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Stephanie and Jerry describe how LifeWorks used research, focus groups, community connections, and fatherhood conferences to inform their creation of the fatherhood specialist position, as well as how LifeWorks approaches and encourages teen fathers.

Partners in Parenting

Jessica Burleson, Partners in Parenting
Key Topic: Father Recruitment
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Jessica highlight the strengths and challenges of bringing fathers together as she shares her experiences hosting an event with Partners in Parenting (PIP). PIP used a creative venue selection to promote relationship-building and facilitate learning and discussion about fathers' mental health needs.

Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation

Jessica Trevino, Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation
Key Topic: Father Recruitment
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Jessica list the various ways the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation recruits fathers into the PADRE program, including offering offsite and onsite services, incentives from bus passes to essentials, and an annual Daddy Daughter Dance open to the public.

Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Joshua Banks, Housing Authority of the City of Austin
Key Topic: Father Retention
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Josh discuss the incentives the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) uses to recruit fathers into iDADS, how HACA uses technology (e.g. Facebook, Textedly, Constant Contact) to keep fathers engaged, and how HACA uses surveys and research to make program adjustments.

NewDay Services

David Larry and Tommy Jordan, NewDay Services
Key Topic: Father Retention
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to David and Tommy share how the NewDay facilitators maintain weekly contact with fathers to connect them to practical supports and resources in the community to meet any needs fathers have.

Arlington ISD, Dads Engaged for Excellence

Eric Phillips, Arlington ISD, Dads Engaged for Excellence
Key Topic: Father Retention
Found in: Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers

Listen to Eric describe the Arlington ISD programs that encourage fathers to stay involved in their children's academic lives, other supports to promote father engagement, and how Arlington ISD regularly communicates with fathers.

Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County

Mervil Johnson, Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County
Key Topic: Community Coalitions
Found in: Building a Father-Friendly Community

Listen to Mervil recount the formation of the Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County, starting with identifying stakeholders in the community over two decades ago. Mervil also provides advice for organizations looking to form their own community coalitions to support fathers.

BCFS Health & Human Services

Tim Morgan, BCFS Health & Human Services
Key Topic: Community Coalitions
Found in: Building a Father-Friendly Community

Listen to Tim discuss the partnerships BCFS Health & Human Services forms with agencies and organizations in the community to reach a wider population of fathers with information about their program and to provide services offsite.