News Category: fathers

New Policy Brief: Understanding the Needs of Young Parents and the Best Approaches for Serving Them

July 22, 2019

Becoming a parent is a challenging transition for any new parent, but it can be especially difficult for young parents—those between the ages of 18 and 24 years old. To better understand the unique needs and challenges of this population, CFRP conducted a series of focus groups in three locations throughout Texas with young mothers, young fathers, and service providers who work with young parents. Our findings show that young fathers and young mothers struggle to balance school, work, and family life, and that they need mentors to help usher them into adulthood and parenthood.

2019 Texas Regional Fatherhood Summit Locations & Dates

Feb. 4, 2019

The annual Texas Fatherhood Summit hosted by Child and Family Research Partnership 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 brings together public and privat

New Project with Annie E. Casey Foundation: A Learning Agenda for Supporting Young Fathers

Dec. 11, 2018

Approximately 25 percent of women have a child prior to age 25. The rates for men are not as well calculated, however, the average age of becoming a father is between 26 and 27 years old and race and ethnic minority men and less educated men become parents at significantly younger ages than their white or highly-educated counterparts. Despite the high prevalence of young parenthood, relatively little is known about the specific needs of young parents.

Beyond Coordination: A Framework for Evidence-Based Systems-Level Change

Aug. 23, 2018

The complex needs of at-risk families often extend beyond what single programs can provide in isolation and many community-level issues negatively impacting families cannot be addressed with a service-level only approach. Service coordination is an important step toward developing a comprehensive system for children and families within a community, but communities have to work beyond service coordination to implement system-level strategies that address broad policy, practice, or community infrastructure issues that impact young children or families and benefit the community-at-large.

CFRP Hosts Largest Texas Fatherhood Summit To Date

July 9, 2018

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).

The Evidence Base: Predictors of Father Involvement

June 29, 2018

A positive co-parenting relationship with their child’s mother is strongly associated with both the quantity and quality of father involvement.1,2  When mothers support fathers’ relationships with their children and parents can cooperate with and support one another in raising their child, fathers see their children more, engage in more activities with them, and have more positive relationships with them.3,4,5 The quality of parents’ relationships also matter: mothers who have positive relationships with their children’s fathers are more likely to have

New Brief: Fatherhood In Texas

June 12, 2018

The state of Texas recognizes the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families. Involved fatherhood is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of child wellbeing from cognitive and emotional development and academic success, to reduced delinquency, and improved mental health. In addition to fathers’ direct involvement with their children, fathers’ provision of financial resources, either formally or informally, reduces material hardship for families and mitigates the negative impacts of poverty on child wellbeing and outcomes

Research To Policy: Supporting Fathers Through Collaborations

April 11, 2018

Recognizing the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families, the state of Texas has developed initiatives to maximize opportunities and address systematic challenges in supporting fathers and fatherhood programs. In 2013, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI) developed the Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow (EFFECT) Program to support fathers and strengthen families through evidence-based fatherhood programs across the state.

5 Things You Should Know about the Importance of Fathers

June 13, 2017

Father's Day 2017 - Father involvement has increased dramatically over the past several decades, and simultaneously, the role of fathers in their families has evolved from conceptions of fathers as distant breadwinners to a more holistic recognition that they are equal co-parents. Accompanying these changes has been a growing interest among researchers in studying the role that fathers play in the lives of their children.

2017 Texas Fatherhood Summit

April 12, 2017

The second annual Texas Fatherhood Summit: Strengthening Services to Support Fathers hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Texas DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division was held on March 24, 2017.