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Updated U.S. Poverty Report Released and Quick Links

Sept. 19, 2013

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its annual Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage Report updated with 2012 national level data, as well as briefs and stats from the 2012 American Community Survey for state and community level data. The data from these resources are the foundation of and motivation for many aspects of public policy work and research. 

CFRP and HHSC Host Successful First Texas Home Visiting Conference

Sept. 19, 2013

Earlier this month, CFRP and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) hosted the first annual Texas Home Visiting Conference at The University of Texas at Austin. The two-day event brought together state program leadership, state contractors, community contractors, and home visiting program coordinators of participating communities. The aim of the conference was to bring all parties together to discuss and share information about the implementation of the Texas Home Visiting (THV) program in the seven participating communities.

CFRP Co-Hosting Texas Home Visiting Conference September 4-5, 2013

Sept. 5, 2013

CFRP is so honored to host the first ever Texas Home Visiting Conference here at The University of Texas at Austin. We’re wrapping things up today – so great to see all the community coordinators, program leads, state staff, and state partners in one place!

Here are some of our wonderful staff research associates helping out at the conference:

Maternal Depression and Home Visiting Programs

July 24, 2013

Depression is one of the most prevalent mood disorders among mothers, with about one in five mothers experiencing clinical levels of depression in their lifetimes.1 Maternal depression is linked with a host of negative outcomes for children. As mothers’ depressive symptoms increase, the quality of parenting declines, and developmental delays and problems in children increase.

What's a Petabyte of Data?

July 10, 2013

A petabyte of data is more than we'll ever need at CFRP, but it's comforting to know that our go to data partner, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), is more than capable of handling that much capacity.  CFRP works with lots of data, from many sources including government agencies, other academic institutions, private organizations, and of course our own data collection projects.

The PES Study: A Father’s First Legal Act of Fatherhood – Establishing Paternity

June 28, 2013

High-quality father involvement is associated with better outcomes on nearly every measure of a child’s development. When both parents are committed to the lives of their children, children are more likely to thrive.1 For children born outside of marriage, paternity establishment is an important early indicator of future father involvement. The signing of an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form is an unwed father’s first legal act of fatherhood – without it, he has none of the legal rights or responsibilities of parenthood.

How to Involve Fathers in Home Visiting Programs

May 29, 2013

Father involvement is associated with positive outcomes for children. Children with highly involved fathers have fewer behavioral problems, higher educational attainment, and lower levels of emotional distress than children with less involved fathers. Fathers also uniquely contribute to children’s healthy attachment, emotional regulation, social competence, and cognitive development.

The CAS Study: Increasing Father Involvement Through Paternity Establishment

May 22, 2013

Two married parents living in one household with their children once comprised the normative family in the United States. Today, approximately 41 percent of children are born to unmarried parents and nearly one-third of children live apart from at least one of their biological parents.1 These changes in family structure are cause for concern because unmarried fathers have no automatic legal ties to their children, and children living apart from at least one parent are considerably more likely to live in poverty and spend less time with the noncustodial parent.2

6% of Child Support Cases in the U.S. Involve a Veteran or Active Military Member

May 16, 2013

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) looks at multiple subgroups who may have unique challenges in regards to child support and focuses on one of these subgroups in their “Veterans in the Child Support Caseload” fact sheet. About 6% of the 10.7 million child support cases in the U.S.