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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.

Evaluation of Collaborative Family Engagement

Nov. 28, 2018

Over the past decade, child welfare research has demonstrated the value of involving family members and fictive kin (close family friends) in children’s lives while they are in foster care – not only to provide a place to stay, but to serve as a support system for the child during care and afterwards.1 To increase family engagement in Texas, Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) created the Collaborative Family Engagement (CFE) process in 2015 with funding from the 84th Texas Legislature, and co

Cynthia Osborne Profiled by UT System's Texas Health Journal

Nov. 1, 2018

The University of Texas System's Population Health division talked to CFRP director and LBJ School of Public Affairs scholar, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, about her work and motivations for the October issue on child welfare of the well known Texas Health Journal.

New Project: Impact of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program on Student Outcomes

Oct. 25, 2018

The AVANCE Network operates several programs within the framework of a two-generation approach to whole family success. The largest of these is their Parent-Child Outcome Education Program, a program for parents and their children up to age 4. While the parents are in their own session learning about the importance of their role as a teacher and specific parenting skills, their children are taught school ready concepts and participate in stimulating activities.

Welcome New Research Staff

Oct. 23, 2018

Please welcome our new research staff! McKenna LeClear, Research Associate; Bethany McKee, Research Associate; Jeanette Cunningham Rottas, Data Research Associate; Anna Sucsy, Research Assistant; and Patrick Youngblood, Data Research Associate.