News Category: fathers

Interactive Visualization - Are Income Inequality and Nonmarital Childbearing Related?

Aug. 14, 2014

Income inequality and nonmarital childbearing have both doubled in the last 30 years. Could the two be related?

Infographic - Dads on the Dotted Line: Why Unmarried Dads Don't Establish Paternity

July 16, 2014

The signing of a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity is an unwed father’s first legal act of fatherhood; without it, he has none of the legal rights or responsibilities of parenthood. It is also a milestone opportunity for an unmarried father to demonstrate his commitment to his child. Why do some unmarried dads not sign the acknowledgment of paternity form?

For more about paternity establishment, see our recent series of related briefs below or go to our Paternity Establishment research page:

New Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Launches

June 11, 2014

Just in time for Father's Day, the new national project, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), is officially launched! CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, is an honored partner and collaborator on the project and will be chairing the Responsible Fatherhood Workgroup.

5 Things You Should Know about Nonmarital Births and Paternity Establishment

June 2, 2014

In the United States, more than 1.5 million children are born to unmarried parents each year. Our list of "5 Things You Should Know about Nonmarital Births and Paternity Establishment" provides a primer on nonmarital births, highlighting some of the essential trends and legal considerations relevant to births that occur outside of marriage.

The Lost Boys: Disadvantage Begins Before Birth

April 30, 2014

In recent years, a wave of high-profile books and articles have taken up the gauntlet to address the persistent gender inequalities lurking in the shadows of our work and home lives.

How Unmarried Fathers Support Their Children

March 25, 2014

In addition to providing emotional support to their children, fathers play a crucial role in their children’s development through the provision of financial support. Children with supportive fathers do better across a wide range of cognitive and behavioral domains—from greater academic achievement and improved health to lower rates of delinquency and depression. For some children, the financial support of their fathers can even mean the difference between living above or below the poverty line.

When Dads Commit, Kids Benefit

Feb. 27, 2014

Fathers have a profound and far-reaching impact on their children, shaping everything from academic performance and impulse control to social development and the capacity for empathy. But while the research is clear on the importance of fathers, many children are in danger of growing up in father-absent families. In fact, a majority of births to women under 30 happen outside of marriage—and divorce rates for those who do marry have blown past 40 percent.

About Parental Relationships from the Texas PES Study

Feb. 14, 2014

 Did you know...

Relationship Duration of Unmarried Parents prior to Pregnancy 

In Texas, almost half of parents giving birth outside of marriage were dating for more than 2 years before the mother became pregnant.

Evaluation of CS4C Program Leads to Policy Changes

Jan. 23, 2014

CFRP’s evaluation of the Child Support for College (CS4C) program has helped spur a rule change at the Texas State Securities Board that will help Texas families receive professional assistance when signing up for college savings programs.

New CFRP Report about Father Involvement after a Nonmarital Birth

Nov. 14, 2013

The percentage of nonmarital births in the United States doubled between 1980 and 2011. Currently, in Texas, 42 percent of recent births are to unmarried mothers. This dramatic rise in the number of nonmarital births is of growing concern because of the precarious economic status of single parents (most often mothers) and children. Moreover, there is a host of negative social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes associated with children who live in poor single-parent families, especially when those families lack involved and supportive fathers.