News Category: fathers

Today's Fathers

June 17, 2016

Our expectations of fathers have changed over time, for the better. Though the father’s role in child-rearing has traditionally been understood solely in terms of financial support, research now shows that fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives is critical to healthy child development. The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) aims to better understand the role that fathers play in shaping their child’s health and wellbeing through rigorous research focused on fathers.

The Changing American Family and the Evolving Concept of Fatherhood

April 27, 2016

This week, the LBJ Presidential Library and The University of Texas at Austin are hosting a historic event exploring the lessons and legacy of the Vietnam War. The war’s impact on U.S. foreign policy, Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, and American culture is unquestionable.

New Award: Effectiveness of Fatherhood Programs in Texas

Feb. 10, 2016


  • Grant: Effectiveness of Fatherhood Programs in Texas

  • Sponsor: DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention

2016 Texas Fatherhood Summit: Building the Evidence Base for Fatherhood Programs on Feb. 3

Jan. 14, 2016

UPDATE: Find all post-event links and resources here




NPR Interview: How America's Child Support System Failed to Keep Up with the Times

Nov. 19, 2015

CFRP director Cynthia Osborne's interview with NPR for their new series on the child support system in the U.S. Dr. Osborne adeptly explains the initial goals of the system and how we got to where we are today.

NPR Interview: How America's Child Support System Failed To Keep Up With The Times

CFRP at the 2015 APPAM Fall Research Conference

Nov. 10, 2015

The APPAM Fall Research Conference is the main conference of the year for scholars from around the world and is this week in Miami. Attendees convene to both present and learn about the most current research on policy and management issues from 14 different policy areas. This year’s conference program is centered around the theme, “The Golden Age of Evidence-Based Policy.”

Infographic: The Importance of Father Involvement

June 9, 2015

Children benefit in many ways if their dads are involved in their lives. A positive father-child relationship can improve a child’s social skills, grades, and health. In addition, a healthy relationship between mom and dad makes it significantly more likely that a child will benefit from times spent with their dads.

Research shows that the children who grow up with involved fathers have concrete benefits: 

Mothers Hesitant about Father Involvement at Greater Risk of Family Violence

May 5, 2015

Most unmarried mothers want the father of their child to be an involved and active parent. In fact, when asked several months after giving birth, more than 8 in 10 unmarried mothers say that they want the father “completely involved” when it comes to raising the child in the coming years. This unequivocal answer, it turns out, says a lot about the parents’ relationship and future prospects.

Infographic - Child Support: The Hidden Social Safety Net

April 29, 2015

The Hidden Social Safety Net: a look at how child support payments compare to more traditional forms of family support.

CFRP Paper: Understanding Today's Changing Families, Family Court Review

April 20, 2015

More than 40% of children in the US are now born outside of marriage. While their unmarried parents may have high expectations for the future, they are particularly vulnerable to financial and relationship instability. CFRP's Cynthia Osborne and Nora Ankrum explore this issue in newly published paper, "Understanding Today's Changing Families," Family Court Review.

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