New Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Launches

June 11, 2014early childhood, family instability, fathers, home visiting, osborne, paternity

frpnJust in time for Father’s Day, the new national project, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), is officially launched! CFRP Director, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, is an honored partner and collaborator on the project and will be chairing the Responsible Fatherhood Workgroup.

Dr. Osborne was asked to be an active partner because of her expertise in early childhood and father issues; she also brings her own team of experts at the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP).

Dr. Osborne and CFRP are currently conducting a long-term evaluation of the Texas Home Visiting Program that serves parents with children under the age of six, with a special focus on father participation. CFRP also has a large body of work in the areas of father involvement, paternity establishment, and family instability.

The FRPN is a five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. The goals of the FRPN are to:

  1. Promote rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs.
  2. Expand the number of practitioners and researchers collaborating to evaluate these programs.
  3. Disseminate information that leads to effective fatherhood practice and evaluation research.

The FRPN will focus on three main areas: responsible fatherhood, economic security and co-parenting/healthy relationships.

With the official launch, FRPN announced the first of three requests for proposals for grants supporting rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs. For more about this grant opportunity, click here.