News Category: mothers

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.

Infographic: Mother's Day 2018: Today's Moms

May 7, 2018

Over the past few decades, the views of the roles of men and women along with family structure have greatly changed. For Mother's Day, here are a few fun facts on what motherhood looks like in the United States today:

CFRP GRA and LBJ School Doctoral Candidate Abby Lane Receives Federal Research Grant

Sept. 29, 2017

Congratulations to Abby Lane, CFRP Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, on her recent award of a research grant from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). The grant will support her dissertation titled "Balancing Work and Family: The Policy Problems and Opportunities of Child Care and Nonstandard Work Schedules."

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.

The Home Visitor-Mother Relationship is Key to Program Success

Nov. 24, 2015

Home visiting programs match families with para-professionals, known as home visitors, who visit families in their home during pregnancy and throughout early childhood. Home visitors provide information on building supportive home environments, encourage positive parenting practices, and help parent’s access resources that improve child and family outcomes.

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.

CFRP in the News: FiveThirtyEight and NPR

March 2, 2015

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.

New CFRP Project: How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child in Texas?

Aug. 21, 2014

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).

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.