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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.

What We're Reading This Summer 2019

June 7, 2019

It's time for CFRP's annual summer reading picks! Check out what our team is reading in 2019. 

Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development

May 29, 2019

Princeton University and the Brookings Institution released the latest volume of The Future of Children, a journal that promotes effective, evidence-based policies and programs for children, along with a policy brief titled “Achieving Broad-Scale Impacts for Social Programs.” This volume, titled “Universal Approaches to Promoting

The Evidence Base: Child Maltreatment Risk Factors

April 24, 2019

Family structure, particularly when unstable, is associated with increased child maltreatment risk.1Single parenthood more than doubles the risk of Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement, and one study found it to be the second largest predictor of child maltreatment, only after income.2Single parenthood contributes to financial stress, social isolation, and lack of social support, all increasing the likelihood of child maltreatment.3 Similarly, paternity status is associated with child maltreatment risk, and the presence of non-biologi

Meet the Team: Anna Lipton Galbraith, Program Services Director

Feb. 20, 2019

Anna Lipton GalbraithAnna Lipton Galbraith, MPAff is CFRP's Program Services Director and oversees the operations of CFRP including grant management, finances, human resources, and other organizational needs. She also continues to have a leadership role othe child welfare research team.

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.

The Evidence Base: Predictors of Infant Health

Dec. 7, 2018

Prenatal care is key to preventing pregnancy complications and identifying intimate partner violence.1,2,3 “Inadequate” prenatal care is associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery compared with women receiving “adequate” care.4 “Adequate” care significantly reduces risk for premature birth, low birth weight, and small-for-gestational-age status in drug-exposed infants.5Late entry to prenatal care has been associated with increased risk for neonatal death, infant death, and cumulative death within the first year of life.6

Meet the Team: Dr. Kaeley Benson, Research Director

Dec. 3, 2018

Kaeley Benson, Ph.D.Kaeley Benson, Ph.D. joined CFRP in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on early childhood program evaluation. She is now CFRP's Research Director and oversees all the family strengthening, early childhood, and fatherhood projects, research staff, and support team.