Texas DFPS PEI Fatherhood Evaluation Final Report: Community and Statewide Efforts to Support and Engage Fathers

CFRP Report | R.018.0818

August 2018
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OVERVIEW AND BACKGROUND

Father involvement has increased dramatically over the past several decades, and simultaneously, a growing interest among researchers in studying the role that fathers play in the lives of their children. Findings from these studies overwhelmingly show that children with involved fathers fare better across a wide range of domains compared to children without an involved father.

Federal and state investments in promoting the positive impact fathers have on their children and families continue to increase, but are occurring within a context of dramatic change for American families. Many men are becoming fathers in particularly disadvantageous situations. Young, unmarried, and lacking in education, these men face a multitude of barriers to being the fathers they want to be, from poor employment prospects and high incarceration rates, to juggling multiple parenting roles among the children they live with and the ones with whom they do not.

The state of Texas recognizes the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families, and also how challenging it can be for some fathers to be involved. In addition to investing in fatherhood programs, Texas is committed to considering a broader system of supports for fathers. This broader agenda includes gathering key stakeholders, such as program providers, researchers, and state agencies, to assess the state of fatherhood in Texas, convening state agency leaders to identify gaps in service provision and opportunities for collaboration across agencies, and championing the use of a father-inclusive lens in programs and services for families and the general public.

In FY18, the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) supported the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI) in two fatherhood initiatives: 1) coordinating and convening interagency and cross-sector fatherhood councils at both the statewide and local levels; and 2) planning and hosting a third annual Fatherhood Summit. This report summarizes progress made over the last fiscal year convening the Texas Fatherhood Interagency Council and the Central Texas Fatherhood Group, and provides an overview of the third annual Fatherhood Summit held in June 2018. 

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