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New Project: Families’ Experiences with Texas Family Courts

Oct. 22, 2018

Family court cases, including divorce and custody issues, account for approximately one-half of all civil cases in Texas. Research has repeatedly demonstrated the negative effects of divorce on children, yet little is known about how the family court system minimizes or exacerbates child trauma from divorce.

Meet the Team: Jennifer Huffman, Senior Research Associate

Oct. 12, 2018

Jennifer HuffmanJennifer Huffman, MPAff started with CFRP as a Graduate Research Assistant while a Master of Public Affairs student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has now been on staff since 2016 and is currently a Senior Research Associate leading several child welfare and adolescent health projects.

The Final Report of the Texas Prevention Task Force

Oct. 1, 2018

In the state of Texas in 2017, there were 174,740 completed investigations of abuse and neglect and over 63,000 children confirmed victims of child maltreatment, of which almost 50% were under the age of 5. These victims of childhood trauma, or adverse childhood experiences, are also at greater risk of both short- and long-term negative impacts on their brain development, behavior, and health.

Director Cynthia Osborne Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Strategies at LBJ School of Public Affairs

Sept. 4, 2018

[Reprinted from the LBJ School of Public Affairs

Cynthia Osborne, an associate professor of public affairs, has been named associate dean for academic strategies at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin, it was announced today by LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. The appointment is effective September 1 and continues through August 31, 2021.  

Family Connects: Connecting Families with Community Services in Central Texas

Sept. 1, 2018

Family Connects supports newborns and their families by functioning as a screening and triage tool to identify families in need of support and connect them with resources in the community. The goal of the program is to visit with every family in their home after the birth of a new baby. During the visit, a nurse assesses the family's strengths and needs, provides support and guidance, and also connects the family with community services based on the family’s specific needs and preferences.

Beyond Coordination: A Framework for Evidence-Based Systems-Level Change

Aug. 23, 2018

The complex needs of at-risk families often extend beyond what single programs can provide in isolation and many community-level issues negatively impacting families cannot be addressed with a service-level only approach. Service coordination is an important step toward developing a comprehensive system for children and families within a community, but communities have to work beyond service coordination to implement system-level strategies that address broad policy, practice, or community infrastructure issues that impact young children or families and benefit the community-at-large.

The Evidence Base: Predictors of School Readiness

Aug. 13, 2018

Access to high-quality childcare betters outcomes in the following domains: neuro-typical brain development;1 reading and associated competencies (vocabulary, language performance, and emergent literacy);2 and social-emotional development (emotional understanding, social problem solving, and learning engagement).3,4 It yields the highest short and long-term benefits for low-income children relative to their higher-income peers.5,6,7

CFRP Hosts Largest Texas Fatherhood Summit To Date

July 9, 2018

The Annual Texas Fatherhood Summit is hosted by the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) 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 (PEI).

The Evidence Base: Predictors of Father Involvement

June 29, 2018

A positive co-parenting relationship with their child’s mother is strongly associated with both the quantity and quality of father involvement.1,2  When mothers support fathers’ relationships with their children and parents can cooperate with and support one another in raising their child, fathers see their children more, engage in more activities with them, and have more positive relationships with them.3,4,5 The quality of parents’ relationships also matter: mothers who have positive relationships with their children’s fathers are more likely to have

New Brief: Fatherhood In Texas

June 12, 2018

The state of Texas recognizes the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families. Involved fatherhood is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of child wellbeing from cognitive and emotional development and academic success, to reduced delinquency, and improved mental health. In addition to fathers’ direct involvement with their children, fathers’ provision of financial resources, either formally or informally, reduces material hardship for families and mitigates the negative impacts of poverty on child wellbeing and outcomes