After seven years in conversation with nearly 400 low-income men, authors of a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family are lending fresh insight into the ways that low-income fathers support their children in other households. Drawing on repeated semi-structured interviews, Kane, Nelson, and Edin find that poor noncustodial fathers provide surprising amounts of support in the form of diapers, clothes, food, and childcare.
CFRP Director Cynthia Osborne was asked to talk about the Texas home visiting evaluation on the Design Options for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Evaluation (DOHVE) Evaluation Webinar Series on March 4, 2015. She spoke about one of several interventions aiming to enhance the home visiting programs, strategies to increase father participation.
Are Moms Less Likely than Dads to Pay Child Support?
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight’s Mona Chalibi asks this interesting question and has a surprising answer. CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, was asked to help explain. The story was also produced as a radio segment on NPR that aired yesterday, March 1st. See below for links.
Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Osborne and Daniel Dillon on their newest published paper in the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk: Vol. 5: Iss. 2: "Dads on the Dotted Line: A Look at the In-Hospital Paternity Establishment Process."
Understanding Today's Changing Families - When their children are born, most unmarried parents have high expectations for the future, but they are particularly vulnerable to financial and relationship instability. Their children are disproportionately likely to experience negative health and wellbeing outcomes, in part because of low father involvement.
The 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference starts this Thursday, November 6th and runs through Saturday, November 8th. APPAM is THE conference to learn about new and innovative research in a multitude of public policy areas from leaders in their fields.
To coincide with the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CFRP has released two policy briefs on the issue. The briefs highlighted below present surprising findings based on original research about relationship violence and unmarried Texas parents.
There was a time when dads didn’t belong in the delivery room. Conventional wisdom of the 1950s held that a father’s presence was not just a distraction, but a potential source of infection in an otherwise sterile environment. Today, of course, these attitudes have shifted and dads are considered a welcome source of support and comfort at a child’s birth. Recent findings from CFRP, however, suggest that for unmarried parents there may be a connection between child health and fathers’ birth attendance after all—albeit a very different connection from the one feared in the past.
How much does it cost to raise a child in Texas? Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP), and her team have been tasked to answer that question for the Texas Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division (OAG).