CFRP Hosts Largest Texas Fatherhood Summit To Date

2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit: Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families

The Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) 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 (PEI). On June 29, 2018, CFRP and Texas DFPS hosted the 3rd Texas Fatherhood Summit: Engaging Communities, Strengthening Families, now the largest Summit to date.

The 2018 Summit focused on engaging with fathers at the community level to strengthen whole families. The day was filled with motivating talks by special guests Mayor Ron Nirenberg of the City of San Antonio and collective impact expert Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out. We learned about the lessons learned at both the state level and local level on how to engage with organizations and fathers at the community level.

Panelists included:

Focus on Fathers: Spotlight on State and Local Models for Supporting Fathers

  • Kimberly Dent, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
  • Aldonis Grimes, Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, Ohio
  • Wally McClure, Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Child Support
  • Mervil Johnson, Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County

A Community Approach to Serving Fathers

  • Mervil Johnson, Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County (moderator)
  • Joshua Banks, Housing Authority City of Austin, IDADS
  • David Bryant, Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas
  • Le’Detrick Leonard, Austin Academy of Hair Design

CFRP Director, The University of Texas at Austin professor, and program evaluation expert Dr. Cynthia Osborne spoke about what success looks like at the system level and how to measure the changes to get there. Texas DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman and PEI Associate Commissioner Sasha Rasco shared what the state of Texas is doing to support fathers and families and how the efforts strengthen the state.

See the day on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter at #txdads2018.

All event resources are also now posted at on the 2018 Texas Fatherhood Summit event page.

More about CFRP's research on fathers at Research > Fatherhood.